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Fall Colors Day Road Trip

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(Last Updated On: February 27, 2022)

Kinzua Bridge State Park

Formerly the Kinzua Viaduct, built to carry trains across the deep valley, it is now a State Park and Visitor’s Center.

Bridge wreckage laying on valley floor of colorful fall trees

A tornado blew through the valley back in the summer of 2003 and tore down about half of the bridge. The wreckage is still laying on the valley floor.

Bridge overlook stands out amongst the colorful fall foliage

The state turned the remaining part into a walkway with a large overlook deck at the end. It is almost 300 feet above the valley below.

Glass viewing floor gives a unique look at the fall colors below.

To make it even better, they installed a glass viewing floor in the middle of the deck.

Wide and safe walkway to the overlook and the colorful fall colors beyond.

Wide wooden flooring and high sturdy railings make it safe and accessible for wheelchairs, power scooters, and even those fearing heights…like my wife.

Years ago you could take a train ride over the viaduct on an old excursion train from Kane. We took that ride once. It was a thrill that will never be repeated, unfortunately.

Colorful view of the fall foliage in the valley.

Some awesome views of the colorful valley and mountains could be seen even on this cold and drizzly day. The wind was really blowing down the valley and added to the cold.

It didn’t stop the crowds from coming out this day though. Parking was at a premium, even the overflow lots were getting filled quickly.

The new Visitor’s Center was pretty packed as well.

People hiking in the valley down below.

If you feel a little adventurous and have the time, you can take a hike on the trail that takes you down into the valley. There were many people venturing down there while we were there.

After picking up some souvenirs and taking in the sights, we had our lunch in the van. It was much warmer and dryer than sitting at one of the several picnic tables.

 

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