40 minutes from our Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast you can walk or bike across one of the great rivers of the world Originally called the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, and opened on January 1, 1889, it once carried 3,500 train cars a day. The bridge suffered significant damage in a 1974 fire, however, and sat unused for over 30 years.
But in October 2009, the newly re-christened “Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park” with concrete panels replacing railroad ties, redesigned railings, modern digital lighting and an elevator transformed the old railroad bridge into the longest footbridge in the world and one of the great rail trails in America.
Connecting the east side of the Hudson River (Dutchess County) in Poughkeepsie with the west side of the River (Ulster County) in the town of Highland, the walkway spans slightly over 1.25 miles and sits over 200 feet above the River. Now you can walk and bike across without worrying if you have to step aside for the train. You must see and experience this.