Built in 1882, the Kinzua Bridge was an engineering marvel built to move trains across Kinzua Creek. Now the Kinzua Sky Walk, it continues to marvel visitors today, with a glass-floored overlook and an expansive view.
You are invited to travel in the Audubon Community Nature Center van to Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.
The van will depart from the Nature Center for the hour-long trip at 10 a.m.
In this park with its interesting natural and human history, you will be able to walk out along the old Kinzua Viaduct until you are standing 200 feet above the surrounding valley during peak autumn color.
A recently added interpretive building makes a high tech addition while staying true to the history of the site. It is chock-full of entertaining exhibits, short movies, and more — the perfect example of that place where human engineering and nature meet.
An optional hike down into the gorge will be included for those who wish it. Non-hikers can explore the visitor center and bask in the glory of autumn until the hikers return.
After enjoying the exhibits, learning about the bridge, and taking a walk out onto it, the group will have a BYO brown bag lunch before returning by 3 p.m.
Since the wind can be chilly on the bridge, participants are advised to bring extra layers of warm clothes walking shoes, and a lunch that does not need refrigeration. Binoculars, camera, and hiking poles are optional.
Rick Rupprecht, the host for the trip, is retired from the positions of director of aviation and professor of mathematics at Jamestown Community College. An active Audubon volunteer, Rupprecht leads children on discovery walks, presents programs for groups as an Audubon Ambassador, helps at festivals, presents a workshop on making maple syrup, builds things from wood for displays and exhibits, and more.
For information about the history of the Kinzua Bridge and to see a video, visit visitanf.com/kinzua-state-park-sky-walk.
Space is limited. Cost is $48 or $36 for Nature Center members. Reservations with payment are required by Thursday, October 5, 2017: Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or register online on the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.