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Hudson River Bridges - Bridges that Cross Over the Hudson River

Updated on February 1, 2011

The Hudson River

Growing up just a mile from the banks of the Hudson, the Hudson river will always hold a special place in my heart. The Hudson River and the Valley surrounding it is a truly beautiful place. I remember after every vacation the great feeling of being back home that was felt when we would cross over the Newburg Beacon Bridge. We felt so lucky to live in such a remarkable place. I still feel like I am coming back home every time I visit the Hudson Valley and I cross one of the bridges.

It doesn't matter if your driving your car on them, taking a boat under them or walking across them, these bridges and marvelous works of art and the views from them are spectacular.

The Mid-Hudson Bridge
The Mid-Hudson Bridge

The Bridges

Going from North to South on the Hudson River you will find the following Bridges.

Rip VanWinkle Bridge

On the northern part of the Hudson River the first major bridge you will find, besides the Thruway bridge is the Rip VanWinkle Bridge. This Bridge connects Catskill, NY on the east of the River to Hudson, NY it's west.

Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge

Moving down the river the next bridge you will find is the Kington Rhinecliff Bridge. As you can guess this bridge connects Kingston on the western side to Rhinecliff on the eastern side.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge

Next we find the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge. This suspension bridge connects Highland, NY to Poughkeepsie NY. As part of the 400th Anniversary Celebration of Henry Hudson's trip up the Hudson river a unique composition of music made from the Bridge was created.

Read more about this Musical Bridge.

Hamilton Fish Newburg Beacon Bridge

About halfway down the river where the fresh water and saltwater mix you will find the Newburg Beacon Bridge. This Bridge connects I-84 with Newburg on its west to Beacon on its east.

Bear Mountain Bridge

Moving further south we come across another suspension bridge, the Bear Mount Bridge. This bridge connects Bear Mountain, NY on the west to Westchester on the East.

Tappan Zee Bridge

The Tappan Zee is the next bridge crossing the Hudson River. This bridge connects Nyack, NY to Tarrytown, NY. The unique name of this bridge comes from the combination of the name of the Indian tribe that inhabited the area, the Tappan, and the Dutch word Zee, meaning sea or wide expanse of water.

The George Washington Bridge

Lastly, we come to the George Washington Bridge connecting Fort Lee, NJ on the west to Manhattan, NY on the East. This bridge has an upper and lower deck that both carry a large amount of traffic each day.

Bridges Over the Hudson River

Rip VanWinkle Bridge:
Rip Van Winkle Bridge, NY, USA

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Kingston Rhincliff Bridge:
Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, NY, USA

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Mid Hudson Bridge:
Mid Hudson Bridge, NY, USA

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Newburg Beacon Bridge:
Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, NY, USA

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Bear Mountain Bridge:
Bear Mountain Bridge Ofc, Town of Cortlandt, NY 10567, USA

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Tappan Zee Bridge:
Tappan Zee Bridge, Tarrytown, NY 10591, USA

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George Washington Bridge:
George Washington Bridge, USA

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Other River Crossings

Walkway Over the Hudson

In Poughkeepsie, NY they recently converted the old Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge into a pedestrian walkway. This park is a great day outing and the views from this bridge are amazing.

Read More on The Walkway over the Hudson.

Newburg Beacon Ferry Crossing

Another recent addition to the river crossings is the Newburg Beacon Ferry. This ferry one is part of a transit system that you can take from Stewart Airport down to Grand Central. So you can take a unique trip to NY that takes a Plane, Bus, Ferry and Train.


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      Pete P 

      5 years ago

      Just for clarification...there are 28 other (automobile accessible) bridges that cross the Hudson River north of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. There are 6 active road bridges in the Albany/Troy area alone. This article is ridiculously incomplete.

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      7 years ago

      Cheaper to cross as you go north. GW is outrageously expensive! $12 for cars- forget you NYC.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Bridges can be beautiful works of art. If you go back there to visit, any chance you will add more photos?

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      I lived in Hudson Valley for 30 years and agree that it's a beautiful place, rich in history and tons of things to do. My favorite was to visit the mansions along the Hudson River and of course, West Point, especially for free summer concerts.

      Also loved Bear Mountain State Park.

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      9 years ago from

      I just did the railway bridge walk today for the first time. Took some photos was going to publish a hub, looks like you beat me to it! I hope to go back and see the lights from the Mid Hudson Bridge while standing on the Walkway this christmas

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      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      What a delightful picture you paint of your special area. I hope I will be able to visit one day.


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