Segment #1 (Riegelsville to Unami Hills at Finland)

This easternmost planning segment of the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network (PHTN) encompasses potions of Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton Counties and includes a variety of rural, suburban and urban landscapes. The PHTN begins at the Delaware River in the Borough of Riegelsville and co-aligns on the D&L Trail. Currently two routes are being explored including a Northern Route that follows the D&L Trail along the towpaths of the Delaware Canal and Lehigh Canal from Riegelsville to Bethlehem; and a Southern Route that follows the D&L Trail south from Riegelsville to the planned Ringing Rocks Trail. In 2018, a new trailhead opened up in Bridgeton Township on River Road that provides parking and access to the D&L Trail. In 2018, the Borough of Quakertown installed trail route signage that designated the Borough’s route through town. AMC is also exploring ways to link Quakertown Borough to Nockamixon State Park with a trail. Trails developed in Richland and Milford Townships provide several miles of trail, although gaps between the trails remain.

Conservation Landscapes

The PHTN will connect four of the seven PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources designated Conservation Landscapes, including: Lehigh Valley Greenways, Schuylkill Highlands, Susquehanna Riverlands, and South Mountain. Segment #1 contains portions of two of those Conservation Landscapes: Schuylkill Highlands and the Lehigh Valley Greenways.

For more information on PHTN planning for Segment #1 refer to the Draft Feasibility Report and the Quakertown Region Master Trail Plan. (PDF 13.8 mb)

Trail Sections

To view the Trail Section pages, zoom-in and hover over the trail map; click the pointer and when the information box pops up click on “Read More.” Or follow these links to view each Section Page: Riegelsville to Ringing Rocks; Ringing Rocks Trail; Ringing Rocks to Nockamixon; Tower Road to Rt. 563; Rt. 563 to Johns Pond; Johns Pond to Marina Section; Marina to Weisel Youth Hostel; Weisel Hostel to Quakertown; Riegelsville to Easton; Easton to South Bethlehem Greenway; South Bethlehem Greenway; South Bethlehem Greenway Gap; Saucon Rail Trail; the Upper Bucks Rail Trail; Veterans Park to The Park at Fourth; The Park at Fourth to Hunter’s Crossing; Hunter’s Crossing and Brayton Garden Trails; Tollgate; Barrel Run Trail; Unami Creek Trail; Kumry Road to Finland.

News

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Highlands Organizations submit letter requesting FY21 Federal Funding

Organizations in the four-state Highlands region, the PA Highlands Coalition, Appalachian Mountain Club, and partners worked together to submit FY21 federal appropriations requests on behalf of the federal Highlands program, a program of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Read More

PA Highlands Coalition to host Webinar on Kittatinny Ridge, Global Important Bird Area

On Monday, April 6th, 2020 at 1:00pm, esteemed panelists will join the PA Highlands Coalition to host the webinar “Protection of the Kittatinny Ridge: A Global Important Bird Area.” Read More

AMC Advocates for the Delaware River Watershed in Washington DC

On Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 Appalachian Mountain Club joined advocates from the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed (CDRW) for the Coalition’s annual Hill Day event. Read More

Construction Begins on Upper Bucks Rail Trail

The Upper Bucks Rail Trail is now in the construction phase. The project, located in Springfield and Richland Townships, will cover three miles of unused railbed from Veterans Park in Richland to just outside Coopersburg, in Springfield Township. Read More