Appalachian National Scenic Trail

In Pennsylvania, the Appalachian Trail follows the Kittatinny Ridge from the Delaware Water Gap southwest to the Michaux Forest in south central Pennsylvania.

Highlands Trail Route

The Highlands Trail follows the Appalachian Trail at its junction with the Mason Dixon Trail near Whiskey Springs, south of Dillsburg, in south-central Pennsylvania and continues south for 48.8 miles to the Maryland border.

Trail Facts

The Appalachian Trail is a natural surface hiking trail and can be extremely rocky and steep in areas.

Trail Access Points

Major trail access points for the Highlands Trail route along the Appalachian Trail are:

  • Pine Grove Furnace State Park, 1100 Pine Grove Rd, Gardners, PA
  • Caledonia State Park, 101 Pine Grove Rd, Fayetteville, PA 

Nearby Destinations

Nearby destinations include two state parks:

  • Pine Grove Furnace State Park
  • Caledonia State Park
  • Michaux State Forest
  • Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Rd, Fayetteville, PA


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Recorded Webinar: "In Defense of Public Lands: Some Lessons on its Biological, Economic, and Social Value"

Watch the webinar from early June 2020 hosted by the PA Highlands Coalition, which featured Author and Professor of Political Science Steven Davis. Read More

AMC Produces Highlands Trail StoryMap

Using ESRI’s ArcGIS StoryMap platform, AMC staff prepared a custom interactive map that tells the story of the 300-mile long Highlands Trail in Pennsylvania. Read More

Recorded Webinar: "Protection of the Kittatinny Ridge: A Global Important Bird Area"

Watch the webinar from early April 2020 to learn more about the Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape, northern neighbor to the PA Highlands region. Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Nolde Forest Expanded

Located in the middle of the Pennsylvania Highlands region, Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center boasts woodlands that are over 100 years old and it will now include 60 additional acres supported with funding from PA Bureau of State Parks and the federal Highlands Conservation Act. Read More