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Nearly 100,000 More Visit Dutchess State Parks, Historic Sites

The popularity of the Walkway Over the Hudson, a pedestrian bridge which links Poughkeepsie and Highland, helped boost tourism this summer in Dutchess County.
The popularity of the Walkway Over the Hudson, a pedestrian bridge which links Poughkeepsie and Highland, helped boost tourism this summer in Dutchess County. Photo Credit: Wikimedia

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The popularity of parks such as the Walkway Over the Hudson helped boost tourism in Dutchess County this summer, according to a report in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

The Journal reported that state parks and historic sites in Dutchess drew close to 100,000 more visitors this year than last. Most of that upsurge, it said, can be attributed to the 212,116 folks who trekked across and enjoyed the spectacular views from the historic 1.28-mile span this summer, the Journal reported. The walkway's numbers represent a 33 percent increase in attendance, the report said.

The former railroad bridge, which connects Poughkeepsie on the east side of the Hudson and Highland on the west side, is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, according to walkway.org .

Reflecting an upward statewide trend in tourism, attendance at six state parks in Dutchess increased 26.2 percent this summer, the Journal reported.

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