About the Highlands Trail in Pennsylvania

The Highlands Trail in Pennsylvania  is a connected network of recreational trails located within the 1.9 million-acre, 13 county Pennsylvania Highlands region. The Highlands Trail extends the New York-New Jersey Highlands Trail into Pennsylvania beginning at the Delaware River in Riegelsville. The Highlands Trail heads west to the junction of the Mason-Dixon and Appalachian Trails in the Whiskey Springs Uplands of Cumberland County. Along the way, the Highlands Trail co-aligns with several existing trails and creates a trail network across a variety of landscapes. The Highlands Trail includes paved multi-use trails such as the Schuylkill River Trail and rugged footpaths like the Horse-Shoe Trail. The Highlands Trail includes a spectrum of trail types to accommodate a wide range of uses including hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing and other forms of non-motorized recreation. Portions of the trail are also ADA-accessible. The use(s) permitted on a particular trail are determined by the landowner and/or trail manager. The Highlands Trail is a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) designated State-wide Major Greenway. Trail planning and development on Highlands Trail gap areas is ongoing.

Acknowledgments

The Highlands Trail project is made possible thanks to our members, supporters and funders, including:

The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, works to close the achievement gap for low-income children, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. With assets of nearly $2 billion, the Foundation distributes approximately $80 million in grants annually. Learn more about the Foundation at www.williampennfoundation.org.

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: Highlands Trail projects are financed in part by grants from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund and/or Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

The M. Edward Morris Foundation

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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

AMC Raises LWCF Awareness at Valley Forge National Historical Site

Appalachian Mountain Club Delaware Valley Chapter outdoor leader and conservation chair joined 11 hikers at Valley Forge National Historical Park to hike 6 miles and talk about the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund on Wednesday, October 30th. Read More

PA Highlands Coalition Hosts Local Funding Webinar

On Thursday October 31st, 2019 the PA Highlands Coalition hosted “Match Funding: Open Space Referendums and other local tools to support Land Conservation” during a one-hour webinar. Read More

AMC Highlights LWCF at Washington Crossing State Park

On Wednesday, October 30th, AMC Delaware Valley Chapter outdoor leader and Mid Atlantic conservation policy staff joined 36 hikers to walk 9 miles and talk about the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Read More