Walkway Over the Hudson, Highland ⇒ Poughkeepsie, New York

A few weeks ago we drove up to Highland, New York with some friends to check out the Walkway Over the Hudson. It's an incredible old train bridge that has been converted to a trail for hikers, walkers, bikers and pets. It's 212 feet high above the Hudson River, with expansive views and it is 1.24 miles one way. We had a great time going across, but coming back my kids ran out of steam and it became a struggle. I'd recommend bringing a wagon or stroller so when the kids get tired they can take a break and you can still keep moving. There are parking lots, picnic tables and food stands on both sides, but make sure to bring cash, they don't take credit cards.

The directions are listed on the Walkway website and are easy to follow, we entered on the Highland Side, parked a little way down from the main parking lot, ate lunch (we bought sandwiches at the gas station/deli at the corner where you turn onto Haviland Road), walked all the way across, had an ice cream and water break at the picnic table on the other side and then walked all the way back. I think we were there for 3 or 4 hours, we also spent time just hanging out on the bridge, watching trains and boats go by down below. It was great watching all kinds of interesting people walk by. You can't tell from these photos but it was a very busy day with lots of people walking the bridge. Dogs and bikes are allowed, so you do need to have some caution if you have little kids like mine who like to run all over the place. We brought snacks and you'll need sunglasses and sunscreen. There is no shade. It's also cooler and windier in the middle of the bridge, so a light sweater came in handy.

What are your plans for this weekend? Doing anything fun?