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Dates: 1/2/2017 - 12/31/2017
City / State: Highland, NY
Event Name: Walkway over The Hudson and other Rail Trails
Event Type: Year Round Walk
Event ID: 106688 2017/Y0797
Distance - Trail Ratings: 5k/8k/12k - 2A
Description: Stroll along the "Walkway over Hudson River" (the world's tallest & longest elevated pedestrian bridge: 212 ft over River). 5K and 8k out and back. The 12k trail is a loop through the City of Poughkeepsie that recrosses the Hudson River on Mid-Hudson (FDR) bridge back to St. Pt.; 5k/8k out and backs are rated 1A, 12K loop 2A; Note: Severe weather immediately closes Walkway, even if you are on other side from St. Pt. For the non-12K trails, a wheel chair is doable with assistance on short distance along state highway sidewalk to trailhead. Check Walkway website http://www.walkway.org to ensure Walkway is open prior to your walking due to their holding of events or closures.
Amenities: Strollers: Medium | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Alternative Capitals, Bridges - Spanning the USA, Cities in Song, Honoring Our Flag, Make a Wish at a Water Fountain, National Register of Historic Places, Points of Reference, Take a Walk In a City Park, United States Post Offices, You'll Never Walk Alone
Start Times: 7AM to dusk
Location: The Gateway Diner
Start Point / Driving Directions: 3579 US Rt 9W, Highland, NY 12528-1730. Rt 9W on West Side Hudson River across Hudson from Poughkeepsie & US Rt 9. 7AM to dusk. (There is alternative small parking lot at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Park that is more easily accessible for wheel chair and strollers. 2km needs to be deducted from certain distances if using this lot; walking directions will have details). Gateway Diner Starting Point phone number for hours if needed: (845) 691-6326. {lat:41.713541, lng:-73.964131}
Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only
Comments: This youtube video is an interesting history of bridge originally built 1888 &, at time, was longest railway bridge in world: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfYmBySg_do&NR=1. 7AM-local sunset. Walk daylight only.
Host Club: Volkssport Club at West Point
Contact: Andrew Schmidt (845) 462-7539
Website: www.avaclubs.org/WestPoint/walkhome.html
E-Mail Contact: vcwpava@gmail.com