At 301 feet high, the Kinzua Railroad Bridge is considered the second highest bridge in the United States and when it was built in 1882, was the highest railroad bridge in the world. Unfortunately, in 2003 torrential winds from a tornado demolished sections of the bridge. It was determined the best use for the remaining structure was to create a walkway, allowing visitors to the state park to view the beautiful valley of Kinzua State Park. If you're afraid of heights, there is a nearby overlook that provides a good look at the bridge structure. You can also hike down into the valley and enjoy additional park trails below the bridge.
Parking and Trail Access
Kinzua Bridge State Park is located four miles north of U.S. Route 6 at Mt. Jewett on State Route 3011. There is ample parking in the State Park parking lot. The northwest end of the trail may be accessed off Route 59 in Mount Alton. Traveling east toward Smethport on Route 59, turn right on Roberts Road. Proceed to a 4 way intersection (Four Corners) and turn left on Mt. Alton road. Follow to unmarked trailhead with a small, unpaved pull-off area for parking on right.