The Hudson River spanning over 300 miles is an iconic sight to Eastern NYers. Up North it is a sublime recreational area for sports such as white water rafting and swimming. Down South the beauty of the river is revered at arms length due to unfortunate polluted circumstances. Regardless of their location people are attracted to this body of water; they love to fish, boat, and lay upon the shores of the river. In Poughkeepsie people have a special attraction to bring them closer to the Hudson: a 1.28 mile elevated walkway which allows pedestrians to jog, bike, or simply stroll their way across the river [61 Parker Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12601]. The paved walkway is 212 feet in the air, allowing for spectacular panorama views as you get close to the center.
Along your way there are informative panels about the construction of the walkway, the wildlife that lives in the area, and other interesting tidbits. Many people don’t realize that the Hudson River is tidal, all the way up to Troy, NY! It is known as ‘the river that flows both ways.’ There is so much to see and learn at the walkway, and this a perfect daytrip destination paired with the nearby home of FDR in Hyde Park or the Culinary Institute of America.