Horse-Shoe Trail

The Horse-Shoe Trail begins in Valley Forge National Historic Park and continues westward for over 140 miles to its junction with the Appalachian Trail, northeast of Harrisburg.

The trail runs through a variety of  privately owned lands, state game lands and parks and is open to public primarily for hiking and equestrian use. Mountain biking is allowed “at the discretion of landowners only.” The Horse-Shoe Trail Conservancy produces an excellent Trail Guide that is available for order (hstrail.org).

The PA Highlands Trail Network is envisioned to follow the Horse-Shoe Trail for approximately 62.7 miles between French Creek State Park and the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail.

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Highlands funding doubled in 2019 spending bill

Signed by the President on February 15th, the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Omnibus Appropriations package has allocated $20 million for the Highlands Conservation Act, a 100% increase from Fiscal Year 2018 levels.  Read More

PHTN 2018 Accomplishments

2018 was another busy year for AMC staff, the PHTN Steering Committee and the volunteer Highlands Trail Stewards.  Read on for last year’s accomplishments. Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Winter Events and Things to Do

The winter holidays are a time of joy, fun, family, and friends. However, it can also be a time of heavy eating, staying inside, and falling behind on routines. Are you looking for a way to enjoy the Pennsylvania Highlands over your winter break? Read More

PA Highlands Coalition hosts return on environment studies webinar

On December 10th, the PA Highlands Coalition held a webinar on the emerging research in return on environment studies. This webinar focused on the ways the benefits of nature and open space can be quantified to influence local planning and policy decisions. This research has been conducted in multiple counties throughout the PA Highlands by our partners. Read More