Where to Stay: Hopewell Junction to Poughkeepsie
Updated: Mar 3, 2021
The Walkway Over the Hudson, a former railroad bridge, is the world's longest elevation bridge and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It marks the completion of the first leg of the Hudson Valley Greenway (which runs from New York City to Albany). It is a beautiful scenic spot, and is one of the most significant spots on the trail. In this section, we will look at the best places to hit the sack leading up to Poughkeepsie.
Walkway Over The Hudson
There are some unique places to stay the on other side of the Hudson River and is covered in the next section, so make sure to check that out as well.
Best Western Plus The Inn & Suites at the Falls http://www.booking.com/Share-l5vh8Pu is a surprisingly beautiful place bordering Wappinger Creek in Red Oaks Mill. The hotel is just 1 mile off the trail, and is about 7.5 miles before the Walkway Over the Hudson. The closest access from the trail is right off Daley Road, between the Maloney Road and Titusville Road trail bridge crossings. Rates start at about $80, and for a highly rated property near a stream, you couldn't ask for much more.
South of Poughkeepsie, there are a plethora of hotels to choose from, including one from just about every major chain. However, they're a bit too far off the trail to recommend, although the closest one, Holiday Inn Express Poughkeepsie is still reasonable at under 3.5 miles. http://www.booking.com/Share-wDny1y (I didn't see any available dates in February 2021, but it does seem to be open after that.) Unless you're burning to use some credit card points, I'd skip them.
There is also a hotel at 536 Haight Avenue in Poughkeepsie, which is a much closer to the Walkway Over the Hudson than the Best Western. We struggled to find out out exactly what this hotel is, as it seems to be formerly a Days Inn, but is currently listed as both a Quality Inn and a Rodeway Inn. Reviews are solid, though with a mix of poor ones leading up to the end of the time period which it seemed to have been a Days Inn. It seems to be an good choice, but there are too many questions for us to put our stamp of approval on it at this point. http://www.booking.com/Share-K3Jkoy6