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 Kinzua Bridge Scenic Byway is a designated shared use hike/bike corridor.

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(8/21/14)

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.


Visitors take pictures from a platform underneath the viaduct at Kinzua Bridge State Park, Pennsylvania.Scenic Views: The 300-foot high Kinzua Bridge Skywalk gives great views of the viaduct and Kinzua Creek Valley. The ADA accessible overlook is great for viewing fall foliage, especially in the peak viewing time of the first two weeks of October. Visitors stroll the 600-foot long walkway on the remaining support towers for the best view, and to peer down through the glass at the valley floor 300 feet below.

Under the skywalk is a viewing platform for picture taking of the remaining support towers which offers an interesting “3D” effect.


Picnicking: The picnic area has shaded picnic tables and a modern restroom. A picnic pavilion with electricity may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. If unreserved it is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Hunting: 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 not permitted from the bridge. Adjacent State Game Land 62 is open to hunting and general recreation.

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 car, trailer or leased campsite. 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.


Hiking:
General Kane Trail: 1.09 miles, easiest hiking
The loop trail is named for General Thomas Leiper Kane, the visionary behind the 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.

The trail, through hardwood forests of black cherry and chestnut trees, includes areas both ravaged and renewed by nature itself since the 2003 tornado.


Access for People with Disabilities


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