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.

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, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
River
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7 months ago

Fun

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

7 months ago

12 months ago

A Great Trip

Me and my friends went and had a great time. So many good photo opportunities and great scenery. The most fun is definitely in the trails underneath the bridge

12 months ago

about 1 year ago

Amazing

The best time to visit is during late spring or summer, walk down all the way to the base of the bridge for some great photos and an dip your toes in the creek

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

Fantastic View!

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!

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

Amazing

I love this place. The view is amazing. The bridge is so high it was scary walking on it but completely safe.

about 1 year ago

Added by Jeff Henderson

College student at Slippery Rock Univsersity of Pennsylvania majoring in Environmental Science while also studying Photography.

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