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Highland, New York: World's Highest and Longest Pedestrian Bridge

Hike across the Hudson River gorge while suspended over 200 feet in the air.

87 Haviland Rd, Highland, NY
I-87 exit at New Paltz. Drive east toward Poughkeepsie on Main St./Hwy 299 until it ends, then turn right (south) onto US 9W. Drive into Highland, then turn left (east) onto Haviland Rd, which is just before the exit ramp for Poughkeepsie and US 44. Park along Haviland Rd and walk north to the rail trail.
Daily 8 am - sunset. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Highland, New York - Walking Tall: Latest In Lofty Thrills
World's Highest and Longest Pedestrian Bridge:

Do you enjoy peering over railings? Do you like to feel gusts of unobstructed wind shoving you toward doom's abyss? Then you'll love the new World's Highest and Longest Pedestrian Bridge.

[10/19/2009] Complete Story...

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World's Highest and Longest Pedestrian Bridge

Apparently there is a pedestrian bridge in the Czech Republic that now claims this title.

[Shelly Rabuse, 01/26/2023]

The Czechs only claim to have the world's longest suspension pedestrian bridge. It's 2,365 feet long. This non-suspension bridge in America is 6,758 feet long.

Walkway Over The Hudson

A new visitors' building opened recently on the west (Highland) side of the walkway, and the overall length of the rail trail path has been extended. There are now real bathrooms and comfortable places to sit, eat, and read. If you go on a windy day, listen to the bridge "singing" as the wind blows through the metal structure. The views are fabulous, but the Walkway can be quite busy on weekends when the weather is nice. It is part of the larger rail trail, and the space is shared by walkers, bicyclists, joggers, and pets.

[iibeach, 09/30/2018]
Walkway over the Hudson

A 100 year old train trestle, the one that served as the logo for Lionel trains all these years, was shut down in the mid-70's after a fire. Saturday, 10/3/09, it opened up as the highest/longest aerial walkway over water in the world...

The view is fantastic, especially this time of year with the fall foliage coming in. In the summer, always a cool breeze up there even on a hot and sticky day.

[Anonymous, 10/04/2009]

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