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We just walked the "Walkway over the Hudson" aka the former railroad bridge just north of the Mid-Hudson bridge in Poughkeepsie - what a delight. (Thanks Tom for the tip) Very simple and practical in design - exactly right - nothing to distract from the stunning river views. We think there must have been close to a thousand people there.
To get there we had to park our car and walk ~ 1/2 a mile to the entrance. The bridge itself is the longest elevated walkway in the US (maybe even the world) with 1 1/4 miles -the place was packed - ergo: give the American people a chance to walk in a safe, beautiful environment and they will walk!
For more info - http://walkway.org/
That would also be a creative and probably less costly possibility for the Matteawan rail track.
9D Bridge over Fishkill Creek