Hudson River Skywalk
Experience Hudson River Skywalk’s panoramic views from hundreds of feet in the air! This breathtaking, one-mile long sidewalk of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge and scenic pedestrian trail links two historical sites across the Hudson. The Skywalk, which offers stunning views of the Hudson River, connects the historic homes of Hudson River School painters, Thomas Cole (The Thomas Cole Historic Site) and Frederic Church (Olana State Historic Site).
Explore America’s first canvas from this picturesque walkway and the Hudson Valley sights that inspired American landscape painting!
Part of Governor Cuomo’s tourism initiative, the skywalk contains three scenic viewpoints and is free and open to the public year-round. A pedestrian-friendly roundabout will be built to provide tourists a direct connection from the east end of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge to the Olana State Historic Site in fall 2019. The Skywalk is also conveniently located 4 miles from the nearest Amtrak station, making it the perfect destination for a sightseeing trip or even a quick stop along the way!
Annual Skywalk Festival
Olana State Historic Site hosts the annual Skywalk Festival during the fall season. A community day and trek along the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, guests can explore The Thomas Cole National Historic Site at one end and Olana State Historic Site at the other.
“A lovely way to enjoy the river, with the added plus of the artists’ studios/homes as the bases on either end.”
—Leslie W., Trip Advisor