Rip Van Winkle SkyWalk

So, it’s hot and there’s an air quality alert in effect, today.   To mom and me the ozone was just fine.   Even so, we held our breath briefly during a windswept walk across the mighty Hudson. 

The ribbon of steel and concrete dubbed the Hudson River Skywalk stretches like water taffy from one end to the other.  It shares space next to the historic Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Catskill.   Mom stopped to take in dramatic views of the Catskill mountain range and yachts sailing underneath.  

A trail to the Skywalk starts at one side or the other.  We parked in a narrow parking lot at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, grabbed our water bottles and strolled across. 

We turned around at the newly completed roundabout near the intersections of Routes 9G and 23 where others had parked in a newly built parking lot.   Had we walked the entire length of the trail to the Olana Historic Site it would have totaled 2 miles one way.

The long-overdue effort to showcase the homes and studios of the major Hudson River School artists, Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, is a no-brainer. 

The retrofitted footpath is not to be confused (or outmatched) by the Walkway over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie.   This is not a competition.   Pedestrian bridges have been around for generations and everybody knows how cool they are!  Both will make a big impression on you too. 

Our only complaint: dogs are not welcome on this windswept journey.  Leave the pups home while you enjoy this engineering marvel and the accompanying museums.  

Rip Van Winkle SkyWalk

Rip Van Winkle SkyWalk

At 145-feet, the SkyWalk is always windy and spectacular.

Rip Van Winkle SkyWalk

Rip Van Winkle SkyWalk

Rip Van Winkle SkyWalk

 

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