A walk over the Hudson (twice!!) up in Poughkeepsie, New York with a walk in the woods (Fanny Reese State Park). This walk starts on the east side of the Hudson river at the Poughkeepsie Metro North station, heads west over the Walkway Over the Hudson (The Poughkeepsie Bridge) travels south a little bit into Fanny Reese State park for a walk in the woods, and returns to the east side via the Mid-Hudson Bridge, ending again at the Poughkeepsie Metro North station.
The Poughkeepsie bridge is 212 feet over the Hudson, and is roughly 1 1/4 miles long.
The Poughkeepsie Bridge was completed in 1889, it's design and purpose to carry rail freight across the Hudson. It was used as such through World War II, and slowly fell into disrepair in the 1960's with a reduction and redirection of freight traffic. Slated for demolition, an idea was proposed to convert it into a walkway(a proposal supported by owner Conrail, who eventually sold the bridge for $1, saving $20 million in demolition costs). The Walkway over the Hudson was finally opened in October, 2009. (source)
Option 1 - meet the group at Grand Central Terminal at 9:15am to catch a Metro-North train to Poughkeepsie. I'll be in the Main Concourse, right near the round info booth that has the Grand Central Terminal Clock on top. We'll catch a 9:43am train to Poughkeepsie, arriving at 11:30am. Round trip fare is $34.00 - Buy your ticket in Grand Central at one of the ticket machines. DO NOT buy your ticket on the train, you will be charged a surcharge ($7 or $8 dollars more).
Option 2 - Meet the group at Poughkeepsie at 11:30am. I'll have the group waiting outside the station under the awning in the picture. If you are driving up, or taking Metro-North from a different station, please drop me a message through Meetup so we can coordinate.
Returning - On weekends Metro-North runs trains to Grand Central once an hour. I'd say to expect to be back in Manhattan no earlier than 7:45pm.
This will be about a 5 mile round trip walk, beginning and ending at the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station. Please note that we will be walking on sidewalks, crossing streets, going up a few flights of stairs, crossing two bridges, possible walking on the side of a road, and walking on woods trails in Fanny Reese.
Please dress appropriately for the weather, we will be outside for at least 5 to 6 hours. Sneakers or light hiking boots are recommended.
Bring water, snacks and lunch. Depending on time, we will stop in Fanny Reese for lunch (nice overlooks of the Hudson).
Restrooms - restrooms should be available at Poughkeepsie train station, and at the west Walkway entrance. No restrooms are available on the bridges (unless you want to get a ticket...) or in Fanny Reese (lots of trees though...)
$5 fee to cover organizing costs -does not include train fare, you have to get this yourself! :)
Raindate - Sunday Nov. 10