The Former Eighth Wonder of the World Is Nearby – We Bet Most of You Haven’t Heard of This
Pennsylvania is home to the Kinzua Bridge. Now a landmark in the Kinzua Bridge State Park, the 2,053 foot long and 301 foot high viaduct was once the LONGEST and the TALLEST railroad structure. The structure was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003.
It was renovated as a pedestrian walkway in 2011, giving visitors a look into the Kinzua Gorge.
The Kinzua Bridge was first built in 1882. It was once common for day-trippers to make the journey from Buffalo, NY, to take a look at what was billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World, when it was the longest viaduct in the world. Commercial trains continue to cross the bridge into the late 1950s.
The pedestrian walkway (skywalk) leads to a 225-foot high observation deck. The skywalk gives close-up views of the viaduct and wide views of the Kinzua Creek Valley. The overlook is excellent for viewing fall foliage, which peaks the first two weeks of October.
Freight traffic discontinued in 1959. In 1963, Governor William Scranton signed a law that created Kinzua Bridge State Park. The park officially opened in 1970.
GETTING TO THE PARK
Kinzua Bridge State Park is four miles north of US 6 at Mt. Jewett on SR 3011.
GPS DD: Lat. 41.75953 Long. -78.58702
Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window. Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.
296 Viaduct Road
Kane, PA 16735