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2015 Festival Cancellation Notice - Kinzua Bridge State Park




New Visitors Center Underway

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May 2015

The winter of 2014-15 presented many challenges.  As a result of the severe weather conditions in PA Wilds region, the Kinzua Bridge State Park Office/Visitor Center construction project is behind schedule.  These delays prompted DGS to approve a project deadline extension into late 2015. However, be assured, there has been steady progress with the recent break in the weather.


Over the past few weeks, the contractors have completed the following:

  • Lower level red iron installed and all welds inspected
  • Electrical stubs installed into electrical room
  • Sand mound for septic system/sewer manholes set
  • Roughing in drainage lines to visitor center completed
  • Masonry walls completed at maintenance building
  • Fuel tank and dumpster pads slabs poured


Looking ahead, the contractor will continue or soon begin the following activities:

  • Steel decking installation is on-going
  • Water and fire suppression line pressure testing
  • Roughing in electric in the visitor center and maintenance building
  • Run the geo-thermal loops is on-going
  • Masonry, footers and foundation, retaining wall, and waterproofing work
  • Water line installation
  • Exterior piers, drainage site piping, water proofing and back filling
  • Construction of masonry walls at Park Office/Visitors Center is on-going
  • Pouring slab on lower level of Park Office/Visitor Center
  • Geo thermal wells tied in and geo thermal manifold tied in and tested is on-going
  • 40,000 gallon fire suppression tank  to be delivered and installed
  • Trusses for the maintenance building  to be delivered and installed


Work on the above ground structure and the building is taking shape.


Please keep in mind that we are still hoping for completion by the end of this year, but that is weather-dependent.

Kinzua Bridge Foundation Meeting will be held
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 5PM at the
Barrel House Restaurant, Lantz Corners
Meetings are open to the public and will be posted as scheduled.





Celebrating Kinzua Bridge State Park 50th !

1963 -2013

10 Year acknowledgement Tornado destruction to Viaduct & Park – 2003

20th Anniversary Kinzua Bridge Foundation - 1993

New Shirt

New 50th Anniversary Kinzua Bridge State Park Shirts!


Thousands attended the 18th annual Kinzua Bridge 2-day Fall Festival on September 21 and 22, 2013. Some 90 plus food, arts and craft vendors along with continuous live musical entertainment, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Kinzua Bridge State Park. Sunday brought a record-breaking attendance of approximately 16,000 attendees.
Senator Joseph Scarnati gave two citation awards to the DCNR marking the 50th anniversary of the park, and Representative Kathy Rapp presented them to the Kinzua Bridge State Park manager, Mitch Stickle. A copy of both citations along with documents and photos, including some from the DCNR, McKean County Historical Society, Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau and names of sponsors to the Kinzua Bridge Foundation who purchased the time capsule, will be sealed in a time capsule for the next fifty years to be opened in 2063.

The 50th anniversary celebration included a 21 balloon salute by children from the skywalk commemorating the 10th anniversary of the F-1 tornado which forever changed the once, "Eighth Wonder of the World". Youngsters, as in the past years, loved their rides in the Zem Zem cars along with horse and pony rides both days provided by the 4H club of McKean County.

A first at the festival this year, but will certainly not be the last, was the "Bigfoot Calling Contest" which drew a large crowd five adults and four youth contestants who put chills down your spine with the horrendous sounds they made. Ethan Medeiro, an awesome young man who appeared on the Animal Planet TV program this past year in filming professional Bigfoot callers at the Kinzua Bridge State Park, was a special guest for the event and one of the five judges for the contest. Another visitor, all the way from Lancaster, PA who was raised in the area, told of her sighting from several years ago when she and her sister were walking in the woods and played "hide and seek" with a Bigfoot from tree to tree and didn't tell their parents about it at the time as they wanted to be allowed back in the woods. Of course, they were hoping to see the beast playmate again but never did. With regards to the results of the Bigfoot calling contest being credited in luring in the "Bigfoots", we now claim to have the best Bigfoot callers in the country, as two Sasquatch were seen a few miles from the park with the photos viewed by thousands on You Tube










Breaking News!

2015 Festival Cancellation Notice - Kinzua Bridge State Park

              Kinzua Bridge Foundation Fall Festival - 2015

"Unfortunately due to the on going construction of the visitors center at Kinzua Bridge State Park outside of Mount Jewett, the annual fall festival will not be held again this year, as it was not held last year. We look forward to the visitors center completion and grand opening early fall of this year and the festival to return for 2016. We appreciate all the inquires from our loyal annual and new vendors along with visitors and express our regrets. Please keep in mind not having the festival is a loss to the Kinzua Bridge Foundation. Appreciate considering our on going Commemorative Brick Program. The engraved bricks will line the walk way to the new visitors center. Visit our website www.kinzuabridgefoundation.com - click on the Form for Print. Thank you for your support and we look forward to the future in the new visitors center. Plans for a visitor center fundraiser will be announced on the website when the date and location are confirmed. We will continue to update the construction progress.
Thank you,
Kinzua Bridge Foundation

The bridge and observation deck will remain open during construction of the office and visitor center.
For more information about Kinzua Bridge State Park visit the DCNR website here or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS.


Kinzua Bridge Skywalk Overlook

Ribbon cutting was held Sept 15, 2011 on "Kinzua Viaduct Re-Opening". 

4.5 million dollar project - Deck built on the remains of the historic railroad bridge, located at the Kinzua Bridge State Park in northwestern Pennsylvania near Mount Jewett, PA.



Kinzua Bridge State Park 2012 Park of the Year!


Kinzua Bridge Foundation Park of the Year Award

Award placed in glass display case at McKean County Courthouse.

The Kinzua Bridge Foundation extends their appreciation to the McKean County Historical Society in displaying the “One Time” Pennsylvania Parks & Forest Foundation 2012 Award.

























































 Commemorative "Brick" Campaign
Be A Part Of History !

The Commemorative "Personalize Brick" is an on going fundraising campaign.   Orders may be placed anytime.  Just print and submit an Order Form

Certificate of Authenticity will be sent to you for your records. Purchase a brick with your business, industry name, organization, group, family name, etc. engraved on it for placement in the new pathway to the Kinzua Viaduct. Thank you for your support and appreciate all donations for the future development of the Kinzua Bridge State Park. 

Brick flyer

(click image to print)

We love hearing from our visitors. Please e-mail us to share your stories, experiences, and memories
as well as any comments, suggestions, or feedback you may have. We value and truly appreciate your input!



Commemorative Brick Program

Commemorative Brick Order Form




Kinzua Bridge Foundation, Inc.
17137 Route 6
Smethport, PA  16749
(814) 331-7331

Donations can be made to:
Kinzua Bridge Foundation, Inc.
c/o Hamlin Bank & Trust Company
34 Fraley Street
Kane, PA  16735


Contact for Kinzua Bridge State Park Office:

Bendigo Complex
Bendigo State Park
533 State Park Road   
Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania 15845-0016
(814) 965-2646




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