What Is the Kinzua Skywalk?


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The Kinzua Bridge skywalk is a pedestrian walkway with an observation desk that has a partial glass bottom. It is located in Kinzua Bridge State Park in Pennsylvania and allows visitors to view the Kinzua Gorge and the support towers that was once part of the Kinzua Viaduct. The Kinzua Bridge skywalk is 300 feet high and 600 feet long.

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The Kinzua Viaduct was built in 1882 and was 301 feet high and 2,053 feet long. It was once the longest and highest viaduct in the world. It provided a means for trains to transport lumber, coal and oil across the Kinzua Gorge. The Kinzua Viaduct was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003. The remains were turned into the Kinzua Bridge skywalk, which allows visitors to view the remaining towers through its observation deck.

The overlook of the Kinzua Bridge skywalk is a great location to view fall foliage, especially during the beginning of October, recommends the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Visitors can take pictures of the support towers from a viewing platform near the skywalk, but are prohibited from walking under the rest of the skywalk due to the unsafe conditions of the towers. Kinzua Bridge State Park also has picnic areas and public restrooms near the skywalk entrance.

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