Update 9/14/2020: All state park day-use and overnight lodging facilities are open according to standard seasons and hours. Group cabin camps remain closed for 2020.
Masks are required to be worn in park offices and any other indoor public space. Masks are also requested to be worn during your visit throughout the park when you are unable to adequately social distance.
Public educational programs have resumed. Participation is limited to 25 or fewer people. Masks are required to be worn.
Indoor special events and gatherings of more than 25 persons are prohibited. Outdoor special events and gatherings of more than 250 persons are prohibited. Masks are required to be worn at all events.
Beaches and associated parking areas are limited to 75 percent of normal capacity. Possession of a mask is required and recommended to wear when not in the water. We ask visitors to follow social distancing mitigation measures.
If you have questions, please call the park office before your visit.
Social Distancing (8/26/2020)
All visitors are required to wear a mask when entering state park buildings.
Visitors can help keep state parks safe and clean by doing the following: wear a mask, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly, avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose, cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow. If you are sick, stay home.
The best advice to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to stay home, not recreate in large groups, and practice social distancing (stay six feet apart). If you are looking to be outdoors, stay as close to home as possible including your backyard, neighborhood, or local park or trail unless they are crowded or closed.
SPOT THE PROBLEM. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. To date, our park does NOT have these pests. Help us stay lanternfly free and stop the spread. Visit the Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website to learn how to identify it, report it, and inspect your vehicle or gear when traveling to and from the quarantine zone.
Kinzua Bridge State Park
The 339-acre Kinzua Bridge State Park, located in McKean County, is the home of the reinvented Kinzua Viaduct.
The Viaduct, once the longest and tallest railroad structure at 2,053 feet long and 301 feet high, was partially destroyed by a tornado during 2003.
Reinvented as a pedestrian walkway during 2011, visitors can stroll 600 feet out on the remaining support towers, peer miles out into the Kinzua Gorge, and gaze down through the partial glass platform at the end of the walkway.
The Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center and Park Office features great views, self-guiding exhibits, and information about the surrounding area.
Picnicking and trail opportunities are available. The Kinzua Bridge Scenic Byway is a designated shared use hike/bike corridor.
The skywalk will be open unless weather conditions are unsafe due to frost and ice in late fall through winter. Contact the park for current conditions.
Due to unsafe conditions in the area of the downed towers, visitors are prohibited from walking under the skywalk and in the surrounding area as indicated on the map.
Seasons and Hours
The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk.
The visitor center and park office is open specific hours:
January 1 to February 28 -- Open Monday to Saturday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., closed on Sundays and New Year's Day.
March 1 to March 31 -- Open 7 days-a-week, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
April 1 to November 1 -- Open 7 days-a-week, 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
November 2 to December 31 -- Open 7 days-a-week, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
online reservations or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday to Saturday.
Kinzua Bridge State Park is four miles north of US 6 at Mt. Jewett on SR 3011.
When searching online for driving directions to Kinzua Bridge, be sure to use “Kinzua Bridge State Park” not just “Kinzua Bridge.”
Use the following address for GPS devices: 1721 Lindholm Drive, Mount Jewett 16740
GPS DD: Lat. 41.75953 Long. -78.58702
Driving Directions: The
Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window.
Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.
The skywalk gives close-up views of the viaduct and wide views of the Kinzua Creek Valley. The overlook is excellent for viewing the skywalk and the valley.
Both views are great for viewing fall foliage, which peaks the first two weeks of October.
The Picture Taking Platform under the skywalk allows visitors to photograph themselves and the remaining support towers in an interesting “3D” effect. A short side trail from the Kinzua Creek Trail leads to the platform.
Learn, Experience, Connect
The park offers a wide variety of environmental education and recreation programs year round. Through hands-on activities, guided walks, and informational programs, participants gain an appreciation and understanding of natural and cultural resources.
A variety of natural history and curricula workshops are available to teachers. These workshops are designed to provide information and ideas that can easily be integrated into the classroom.
Programs focus on the themes of engineering, environment, nature, energy, and history. They correlate to Pennsylvania Academic Standards, vary in length, and most are STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related. Some programs begin in the school classroom and follow-up with a field learning experience at the park. These offerings are also available for homeschool groups.
Contact the park for the program offering brochure, to request a specific topic, or to inquire about availability. All programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office.
The park is motor coach, bus, and RV friendly. Buses may drive directly to the entrance of the visitor center and park office to drop off and pick up groups.
Participants may explore the exhibits on both levels, join staff for a guided walk on the skywalk, and visit the gift shop.
All guided activities must be scheduled in advance.
Motor Coach Tour Application (PDF)
Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center and Park Office
The Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center and Park Office opened on July 1, 2016. It provides a location for visitors to interact with park staff, explore the history of the viaduct, and learn more about the natural landscape and wildlife.
The visitor center features a reception area, gift shop, spectacular view of the skywalk, and two levels of self-guided and interactive exhibits that focus on engineering, environment, nature, energy, and history as they relate to the viaduct and local area. Some of the exhibits are hands-on for the enjoyment of all ages, while others include videos and original artifacts.
The Kinzua Bridge Foundation, Inc. organizes a yearly fall festival that is held for two days during the third weekend of September that includes arts, crafts, food vendors, and musical entertainment.
The foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Kinzua Viaduct, the promotion of the viaduct’s historical and cultural significance, as well as supporting the state park.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station
A two-plug, electric-vehicle charging station is available for public use in the bus and RV parking area near the picnic pavilion. Please move to another parking space once your vehicle has been charged.
Access for People with Disabilities
This activity or structure is ADA accessible.
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.
In an Emergency
Call 911 and contact a park employee.
Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards and at the park office.
4372 Route 6
Kane, PA 16735