What to do in Kinzua Bridge State Park

The park contains 316 acres in McKean County and features the 2,053-foot railroad bridge (viaduct) which has been designated as a National Engineering Landmark.

When the Kinzua Viaduct was built in 1882, it was the highest railroad bridge in the world. It was constructed as an alternative to laying an additional eight miles of track over rough terrain along the line leading to McKean County's coal, timber and oil lands.

In 1963, Governor William Scranton signed a law that created Kinzua Bridge State Park. The park was officially opened in 1970. In 1977, the Kinzua Viaduct received national recognition when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks.

Park facilities are located at the south end of the bridge and include picnic tables, drinking water, scenic overlook, an interpretive kiosk, an organized group tenting area and a picnic shelter which can be reserved.

Kinzua Bridge is a popular location to view fall foliage. Peak viewing times are the first two weeks of October.

Kinzua Creek is a cold water fishery, stocked periodically by the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

Approximately 306 acres of Kinzua Bridge State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, bear and turkey.

The park contains 316 acres in McKean County and features the 2,053-foot railroad bridge (viaduct) which has been designated as a National Engineering Landmark.

When the Kinzua Viaduct was built in 1882, it was the highest railroad bridge in the world. It was constructed as an alternative to laying an additional eight miles of track over rough terrain along the line leading to McKean County's coal, timber and oil lands.

In 1963, Governor William Scranton signed a law that created Kinzua Bridge State Park. The park was officially opened in 1970. In 1977, the Kinzua Viaduct received national recognition when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks.

Built of iron, the original viaduct was 301 feet high, 2,053 feet long and weighed 3,105,000 pounds.

In May of 1900 it was necessary to rebuild the entire structure to accommodate heavier trains. The job was completed in 105 days by about 100 to 150 men working ten hours a day. The new steel viaduct has the same measurements, but now weighs 6,715,000 pounds.

Recreation
No train crossed the bridge from June 21, 1959 to 1987. Formed in 1986, the Knox, Kane, Kinzua Railroad now offers excursion rides from Marienville to the park for a round trip distance of 97 miles. The steam engine train crosses the bridge and turns around on the other side offering visitors a spectacular scenic view. The train may be boarded in Kane for a trip to the park, a round trip distance of 33 miles. For ticket information and prices, call 814-927-6621.

Park facilities are located at the south end of the bridge and include picnic tables, drinking water, scenic overlook, an interpretive kiosk, an organized group tenting area and a picnic shelter which can be reserved.

Kinzua Bridge is a popular location to view fall foliage. Peak viewing times are the first two weeks of October.

Kinzua Creek is a cold water fishery, stocked periodically by the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

Approximately 306 acres of Kinzua Bridge State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, bear and turkey. Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park manager for accessible hunting information.

Location
Kinzua Bridge State Park is located four miles north of U.S. Route 6 at Mt. Jewett on State Route 3011 in the northwest area of Pennsylvania.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Kinzua Bridge State Park area generally has very cold winter months with temperatures averaging 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 degrees Celsius). The region's average summer temperatures average 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). Precautions should be made when traveling this snowy area in the winter.

Address
c/o Bendigo State Park
P.O. Box A
Johnsonburg,, PA 15845

Phone: 814-965-2646


Email: bendigo@dcnr.state.pa.us
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