While James and I were in the Hudson Valley for Ring Weekend, we took a short drive up to Poughkeepsie, NY to go to the Walkway Over the Hudson. The walkway was built on old railroad tracks that were used to transport cargo across the Hudson River until the decline of the train and a fire that warped the tracks in 1974. They never repaired the tracks, since they really hadn’t been used that often anymore, so they just sat there, connecting Poughkeepsie and Highland. That is until the mid 2000s and in October 2009 the walkway opened.
The walkway is just over a mile long and is 212 feet above the Hudson River. The tracks were transformed into a large concrete sidewalk. The views of the Hudson Valley were spectacular, it helped that the trees were particularly green that weekend. Along the walkway were signs telling the history of the railway, the area and the construction of the park.
It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed our stroll. The walkway was full of families and couples out enjoying the day. Kids were riding bikes and scooters while others walked and had a great time. I did hope that the walkway itself would have a little something more, I guess I’m just used to/in love with The High Line in Manhattan which incorporated old train tracks and vegetation. That was probably not an option or the vision for this walkway. If you’re ever upstate you should check it out. It’s a quick ride from the train station in Poughkeepsie so I’m sure you could get a taxi over there for cheap.