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.

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.

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Highlight the Highlands: Riparian Forest Buffer of Tinicum Township

Tinicum Township, in Bucks County, is located entirely within the Eastern portion of the Pennsylvania Highlands. Abutting the Delaware River, Tinicum is an active and engaged community. The Tinicum Civic Association automatically includes all residents, giving everyone a chance to get involved. The Association puts on the annual Arts Festival, which last year was supported by over 200 volunteers and raised over $100,000 dollars for local non-profits. Read More

#SaveLWCF: Jacobsburg State Park

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Highlight the Highlands: Valley Forge National Historic Park

Located on the Southeastern edge of the Pennsylvania Highlands, Valley Forge National Historic Park is a major attraction for history buffs and recreationists alike. The site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army, the park is filled with historic structures and monuments as you wind your way through the vast array of trail offerings. Read More

PA Highlands Coalition Hosts Webinar on Multi-Functional Buffers

On June 12th, the PA Highlands Coalition held a webinar on multi-functional riparian stream buffers. This webinar focused on the ways conservation groups can encourage buffer planting for landowners, the concept of agroforestry, and recent DCNR grants for riparian buffers. Read More