Kinzua Bridge State Park


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Kinzua Bridge State Park


Location:4 miles north of US 6 at Mount Jewett in the central northern part of the state.
Facilities:Picnic area, picnic pavilions, hiking trails, scenic overlook.
Activities:Hiking, hunting.
Special Features:When Kinzua Bridge was built in 1882, it was the highest railroad bridge in the world. In 1900 the entire structure was rebuilt to accommodate heavier trains. A tornado struck the bridge in July 2003, and 11 towers from the center of the bridge were torn from their bases. Although the park is open, areas surrounding the bridge are not open to hikers.
Address:c/o Bendigo State Park
533 State Park Rd
Johnsonburg, PA 15845

Phone:814-965-2646
Web: www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/kinzuabridge.aspx
Size: 329 acres.

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In 2004, park staff, personnel from the Pennsylvania State Parks regional and central offices, and dedicated community members began to envision a new Kinzua Bridge State Park.
For now there is no park office/ visitor center at Kinzua Bridge State Park and questions from the public about the bridge and what happened here in July 2003 may not be answered.
As for Pennsylvania State Parks, we learned that interpreting a natural disaster isn't necessarily about focusing on the disaster, but to simply place it as another event in the long timeline of a precious resource, the Kinzua Bridge State Park.
The 329-acre Kinzua Bridge State Park features remnants of the 2,053-foot long viaduct that was first built of iron in 1882, and then rebuilt of steel in 1900.
Although the process is just beginning, plans for Kinzua Bridge State Park include some new trails and a visitor center at the park.
The Kinzua Viaduct at the Kinzua Bridge State Park has been one of the premier tourist attractions within McKean County since it was first constructed," explained Linda Devlin, executive director of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau.
Kinzua Bridge State Park remains open to all visitors while work is being conducted.
Safety of park visitors, whether train passengers or pedestrians, is the top priority at Kinzua Bridge State Park," State Parks Bureau Director Roger Fickes said.
The safety of the train passengers visiting Kinzua Bridge State Park is a great concern," State Parks Bureau Director Roger Fickes said.
Headquartered at the 100-acre Bendigo State Park near Johnsonburg, Clark will oversee the 3,192-acre Elk State Park, also in Elk County, and Kinzua Bridge State Park, totaling 316 acres, in McKean County.