Kinzua Bridge State Park
The 339-acre Kinzua Bridge State Park offers visitors a chance to walk the Kinzua Bridge skywalk. Located in McKean County, this park is the home of the newly reinvented Kinzua Viaduct. The Viaduct, once known as the longest and tallest railroad structure at 2,053 feet long and 301 feet high, was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003. In 2011, the engineering masterpiece was reinvented as a new pedestrian walkway where visitors can stroll 600 feet out on the remaining support towers, peer miles out into the Kinzua Gorge as well as peer down into the partial glass platform at the end of the walkway. Picnicking and trail opportunities are available. The new Kinzua State Park Visitor Center and Park Office features great views, exhibits, and information on the surrounding area. The Kinzua Bridge Scenic Byway is a designated shared use hike/bike corridor.
Recreational Advisory: Due to unsafe conditions in the area of the downed towers, visitors are prohibited from walking under the skywalk and in the surrounding area as indicated on the map.
Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. The visitor center and park office is open specific hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
Scenic Views: The skywalk gives close-up views of the viaduct and wide views of the Kinzua Creek Valley. The Overlook is excellent for viewing the skywalk and the valley. Both views are great for viewing fall foliage, which peaks the first two weeks of October.
The Picture Taking Platform under the skywalk allows visitors to photograph themselves and the remaining support towers in an interesting “3D” effect similar to what visitors used to have on the other side before the towers fell. A short side trail from the Kinzua Creek Trail leads to the platform.
Picnicking: The picnic area has shaded picnic tables. Modern restrooms are in the visitor center. A picnic pavilion that seats 60 people is accessible to people with disabilities. The pavilion can be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. If unreserved it is free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hunting and Firearms: About 100 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, bear, and turkey. Hunting is prohibited from the skywalk. Adjacent State Game Lands 62 is open to hunting.
Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information.
Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner’s vehicle or enclosed trailer. Exceptions include: law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park.
Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
The loop trail is named for General Thomas Leiper Kane, the visionary behind Kinzua Bridge. During the Civil War, Kane assembled the famed Bucktail Regiment. He also supported slave rights and, later, the Latter-day Saint movement as it migrated westward.
Kinzua Creek Trail: 0.4 mile (one way), most difficult hiking
Access to the short trail for the Picture Taking Platform is near the Overlook and the Kinzua Creek Trail trailhead.
CAUTION: Hikers on the Kinzua Creek Trail should be in good physical condition, wear sturdy boots, and use caution due to steep trail sections. Entrance into the debris field is strictly prohibited.
Access for People with Disabilities
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.