Stroll along the 624-foot-long Kinzua Sky Walk in Kinzua Bridge State Park and enjoy one of the top 10 most beautiful skywalks and scenic vistas in the world. An engineering marvel known as “Tracks Across the Sky,” Kinzua Sky Walk in Bradford, Pennsylvania, features a partial glass floor.
“The Kinzua Sky Walk is the reinvention of the six towers of the original Kinzua Viaduct left standing following a tornado in 2003, in which 11 of the original towers were toppled by a tornado,” said Linda Devlin, executive director of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
“When the Kinzua Viaduct was first constructed in 1882, it was the highest and longest railroad viaduct in the world,” Devlin said. “The Kinzua Visitors Center has two floors of interactive exhibits, including a replica train car where one can experience what it was like to travel across the original Kinzua Viaduct.”
Tour groups can request a variety of complimentary programs offered by the park’s interpretive staff. For overnights in Bradford, groups can visit the Zippo/Case Museum (a popular stop that celebrates two iconic American-made products — Zippo lighters and Case knives), Marilyn Horne Museum (famous opera star born in Bradford) and Penn Brad Oil Museum (learn about the first billion-dollar oil field in the world). In nearby Ludlow, tour and dine at Olmsted Manor.
“Two of the museums — Zippo/Case and Marilyn Horne Museum — offer ‘Nights at the Museum,’” Devlin said. “This is an exclusive tour of these facilities arranged just for group tours and they both include refreshments. At the Marilyn Horne Museum, group tours have the option of creating a Venetian mask to take with them as part of the program.”
At the Allegheny National Forest, established in 1923, groups can enjoy beautiful scenic drives of the only national forest in Pennsylvania.
“It features 514,029 acres of public access lands located in northwestern Pennsylvania,” Devlin said. “It was established to bring new concepts in forest management and is known as ‘The Land of Many Uses.’” n
For more information, contact Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau at 800-473-9370 or visit visitanf.com.
Main image: Kinzua Sky Walk; Credit: Courtesy of Allegheny National Forest
Article by Jackie Sheckler Finch