Exploring Kinzua Bridge State Park
Pennsylvania › Kinzua Bridge Parking Area
Added by Jeff Henderson
Distance: 1 mile (roundtrip)Spectacular viewsHistoric backgroundFamily friendly
Considered the Eighth Wonder of the World when it was built, the Kinzua Viaduct is truly amazing and a must see. The Kinzua Viaduct or Kinzua Bridge was built in 1881 and rebuilt in 1990 where it served as the world's tallest and longest railroad structure for a few years. In 2003 an F1 tornado struck the bridge and caused half the bridge to be destroyed. Today, this scenic site can be viewed at the Kinzua Bridge State Park.
Start off by parking in the designated Parking Lot at the Kinzua Bridge State Park. From here you will access the Bridge Path trail where signs will direct you to the skywalk. From this short trail you can continue to walk out on the skywalk, some 300 feet above the ground.
Also, the Bridge Path trail takes you to a viewing platform with excellent photographing opportunities. You can access a trail that will take you underneath the bridge to view the iron and steel structure.
From the Parking Lot, you can access a 1.1 mile trail loop named, the General Kane Trail. This trail allows you to explore the Kinzua Bridge State Park some more. Close by to the Kinzua Bridge State Park is the Allegheny National Forest that is home to many adventure opportunities.
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I absolutely love this place. As a child back in the 90's I rode the steam locomotive across this bridge where as part of the attraction they would stop on the bridge for everyone to take photographs and walk down the hill side underneath. It is such a shame that this was destroyed and never rebuilt and I never understood the importance of such an experience at that young an age. Additionally, my Grandparents met and grew up in the nearby town of Kane & are currently buried in a cemetery overlooking the valley where you can see the remnants of the bridge in the distance. Such a lovely piece of history!
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