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Visit the Kinzua Sky Bridge
What was once an incredible feat of engineering that built the longest and tallest railroad bridge in the world is now one of Pennsylvania’s most unique and scenic recreational spots. With panoramic views of the Kinzua Valley, the Kinzua Sky Bridge offers visitors a viewpoint of its surrounding landscape that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
At 301 feet in height and over 2,000 feet long, the “Eighth Wonder of the World” remained in commercial service from its construction in 1882 until 1959. It originally accomplished a huge shortcut for the New York, Lake Erie and Western Railway; the only other option was an eight mile track across rugged terrain. Instead, the Kinzua Bridge was built with wrought iron by a crew of 40 in just 94 days. To put it into perspective, six of its support towers were higher than the Brooklyn Bridge.
In 2003, however, a tornado struck the bridge, causing a large portion of the bridge to collapse and corroded anchor bolts to fail.
Today, Kinzua Bridge State Park is a 329-acre Pennsylvania state park that surrounds the bridge and Kinzua Valley. The remains of the bridge have been transformed into a pedestrian walkway 600 feet out into the Kinzua Gorge. The scenic overlook and glass window installation beneath your feet allow views of the fallen bridge and the valley below. The Kinzua Bridge Scenic Byway and other trails for hiking are also available for visitors to enjoy the outdoors during their time at the park.
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Kinzua Bridge State Park
296 Viaduct Road
Mt Jewett, PA 16740