Exploring Kinzua Bridge State Park

Kinzua Bridge Parking Area

Distance: 1 mile (roundtrip). Spectacular views. Historic background. Family 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.

Other Opportunities:
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.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Hiking shoes
  • Jacket
  • Gloves
  • Water
  • Snacks
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
River
Scenic

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Great Views

The views were fantastic to see and explore around. Also the center was very nice and talked about all that has happened and explained a lot of history. Would definitely go back again.

Awesome!

The visitors center was absolutely beautiful! We learned so much about the history of the bridge. Gorgeous views too!

Fun

It was a fun place to go to, I liked all the paths to hike on.


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