WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON:
HIGHLAND-POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: October 28, 2014
Length: Walkway Over the Hudson; 1.5 miles
Poughkeepsie Waterfront Spur; 1.4 miles
Waryas Park Riverfront Trail; 0.3 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat, paved railroad bridge.
To start from the Highland Side; From I-87 (NY State Thruway) take exit 18 to Route 299 east. Head south on Route 9W through Highland. Just before the turn off for the Mid-Hudson Bridge turn left down Haviland Rd. The first parking lot on your left is for the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. The next parking lot on the left leads to the walkway. Parking is also available along the road or in a parking lot down to the right.
To start from the Poughkeepsie Side; From Route 9 in Poughkeepsie exit to Route 9G north (Marist Drive). Bear right onto Washington St. Proceed on Washington St for 0.5 miles. Turn left on Route 9G/Parker Ave. The trail and parking lot is on the left.
The Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line has a stop in Poughkeepsie. For more information visit; Metro North Railroad . If you click on the individual stations, they have available both directions and maps.
The Walkway Over the Hudson crosses the Hudson River via the old Poughkeepsie Railroad-Highland Bridge. This bridge, at 6,768 feet long and 212 feet above the river, was hailed as the longest railroad bridge in the world when it was completed in 1888. It served as the only Hudson River train crossing south of Albany, NY until a fire put it out of commission in 1974. The pedestrian bridge is now the longest in the world. Heading west from the bridge along the former rail bed of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad is the paved Hudson Valley Rail Trail . Heading east from the bridge is the paved Dutchess Rail Trail . You can also access the Poughkeepsie Waterfront from the east side of the bridge. For more information visit; WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON .
Starting from the Highland Side; Restrooms, food vendors and a map board are located at the start of the walkway, as well as, informational signboards.
Note; Heading west the trail connects with the Hudson Valley Rail Trail.
Traveling east along the Walkway Over the Hudson takes you high above the shoreline before you reach the Hudson River after a 1/4 mile. An active RR line passes far below. Informational signs are dispersed all along the walkway. Great unimpeded views of the river, Mid-Hudson Bridge and cliffs of Highland. When you come to the banks of the Poughkeepsie side you'll find an elevator that brings you down to the Upper Landing Park. Great views of the city, RR and river park. You reach the end of the bridge and travel along the old rail bed. After passing by more food vendors look to your left to spot an old RR signal and some old RR tracks that were probably from an old siding. Finally you come to some restrooms, more informational signboards and the parking lot at 1.5 miles. Here the trail connects with the Dutchess Rail Trail.
Note; A spur trail left brings you down to the Poughkeepsie Waterfront. Follow the paved trail from the restrooms left alongside the parking lot and out to Parker Ave. Turn right and travel on-road (narrow sidewalk) down to Washington St. There are several street options, but I followed the suggested route (shown on map) by turning left on Washington St to a stoplight over to Verazzano Blvd (Caution; no crosswalk/light. Cross on red light). Travel on-road down Verazzano Blvd alongside Fall Kill to Mt Carmel Pl and turn right (wide sidewalk available). Bear left on Dutchess Ave and travel underneath the Walkway to Albany St. Head right (residential road) to Hoffman St and turn left. Cross over Route 9 and the RR tracks to N Water St. Turn left along a brick lined sidewalk and travel back underneath the Walkway. You'll pass by the entrance to UPPER LANDING PARK (access to the Walkway Over the Hudson elevator) before crossing Fall Kill (look left to spot a small waterfall and informational sign) and coming to the entrance for the MID-HUDSON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM. Beautiful old brick buildings here. Turn right and follow the sidewalk alongside Fall Kill and past a pavilion to the Hudson River after 1.4 miles. Here you can head left along the paved Waryas Park Riverfront Trail. This trail travels alongside the river through Waryas Park, passing by the Children's Museum, a skateboard park, picnic tables, informational signs and a parking lot. Next you'll pass by the ICE HOUSE Restaurant, dock and pavilion before coming to a playground with a neat "whale" sculpture.
Note; Just past the pavilion is a trail leading to Main St. You can head up Main St to access the Metro-North's Poughkeepsie Station.
Just past the play ground the trail ends after 0.3 miles at a dock overlooking Kaal Rock and the Mid-Hudson Bridge.
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