04/03/11 – Walkway Over the Hudson, Franny Reese Preserve Hike

Mid-Hudson Bridge from Johnson Iorio Park

Sunday afternoon, I got out to the Walkway Over the Hudson and walked to Johnson Iorio Park and into Franny Reese State Park and back.  It was the first time I had ever been to the Franny Reese State Park, and I definitely recommend it.

If you haven’t been there yet or want to catch up on all the latest events, visit the Walkway Over the Hudson website.  It offers beautiful looks of the Hudson River and Poughkeepsie, as well as the surrounding mountains.  The bridge is approximately 2.5 miles long round trip and is great for walking, biking & running.

After the bridge, we walked up the road to the Johnson Iorio Park which offers great views of both the Walkway Bridge and the Mid-Hudson Bridge.  From the park, there is a staircase that leads underneath the bridge and into the Franny Reese State Park, a Scenic Hudson park.

The trails are a little steep in some areas, but if that doesn’t deter you, there is a great overlook of the Mid-Hudson Bridge, as well as a couple miles of trails along the river.  I didn’t use my telephoto lens at all for the entire hike, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t looking out for wildlife.  There were plenty of juncos through the trails, and an occasional eastern phoebe singing every now and then.  I also saw a couple of turkey vultures.

Building Ruins in Franny Reese State Park

The highlight of the hike was old building ruins along the trails in the park.  There were three distinct sites ranging from small to large.  The photograph is of the medium sized ruins site.  Please keep in mind that these areas are protected, so please stay off the sites.  The trail runs right along them and offers great spots to take pictures.

After I finished with the photo shoot of the ruins, we headed back over to the Walkway Bridge and headed home.  I took plenty of pictures throughout the day, so keep an eye out for them in the coming days!

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