Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania: The Kinzua Viaduct

It was the longest, tallest railroad bridge in the country -- until a tornado destroyed it in 2003. The impressive wreckage, viewed from a platform, has made it even more of a tourist attraction. Now with a visitor center and a hiking trail to the bottom.

Kinzua Bridge State Park

Address:
1721 Lindholm Rd, Mount Jewett, PA
Directions:
Kinzua Bridge State Park. From US Hwy 6 at Mount Jewett, drive north four miles on Hwy 3011.
Hours:
Daily 8 am - dusk Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Statue of Liberty compared to trestle.

Kinzua State Park Visitor Center

There's a beautiful new visitor center before you get to the Kinzua Bridge, with lots of nice things to see inside about the history of the bridge.

[Etta Miller, 05/01/2022]

Among the impressive displays is a large model, showing that the iron towers of the Kinzua Viaduct are as high as the Statue of Liberty -- or were, since most of them collapsed in a 2003 tornado. The observation deck has been given a glass floor for straight-down views, and there's now a hiking trail to the bottom for close-up time at the wreckage.

The Kinzua Viaduct

Absolutely go out of your way. We ran into the the Kinzua Viaduct by recommendation from a local person. Great explanation of how it was built.

[K And k, 08/25/2021]
Kinzua Viaduct

My family, age 8-80, loved it. The museum does a great job of describing the viaduct. The views from the viaduct skyway are breathtaking.

[Carrie, 05/26/2018]

This viaduct was the longest, tallest railroad bridge in the country -- until a tornado destroyed it in 2003. Now its impressive wreckage has made it a tourist attraction.

Kinzua Bridge

Very cool wreck after a tornado. Amazing views and a true feeling of the force that went by here.

[Ida, 07/10/2016]

Skywalk for Kinzua Viaduct.

Kinzua Bridge Skywalk

A tornado blew down 11 of the old bridge's 20 support pillars on July 21, 2003. In 2009, work began to build a pedestrian walkway on the remaining towers of the old bridge. The Kinzua Sky Walk concludes with a glass-floor view of the valley below. Visitors can enjoy spectacular vistas while walking above the treetops.

[Dale Berridge, 07/28/2012]

Aug 2012: Photo added.


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