About the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network

The Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network (PHTN) is an interconnected network of recreational trails located within the 1.9 million-acre, 13 county Pennsylvania Highlands region. The PHTN extends the New York-New Jersey Highlands Trail into Pennsylvania, from the Delaware River at Riegelsville to the junction of the Mason Dixon and Appalachian Trails in the Whiskey Springs Uplands in Cumberland County. Along the way, the PHTN co-aligns with several existing trails and connect a network of trails across a variety of landscapes. The PHTN includes paved multi-use trails as well as rugged footpaths, such as the Horse-Shoe Trail. The PHTN includes a full spectrum of trail types to accommodate a wide range of uses including hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing and other forms of non-motorized recreation. The use(s) allowed on a particular section of trail are determined by the landowner and/or trail manager.

Acknowledgments:

The PHTN 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: This project was financed in part by a grant 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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#SaveLWCF: Jacobsburg State Park

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) serves as the main funding mechanism for the Highlands Conservation Act, allowing for the yearly allocation to protect the Pennsylvania Highlands and the rest of the four-state Highlands region. Congressional authorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund expires on September 30, 2018, and must be reauthorized in order for funding to continue.  Read More

Hike 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

South Bethlehem Greenway Gets New Kiosk

AMC partnered with the city of Bethlehem and the Southside Arts District to design and install a new interpretive kiosk along the South Bethlehem Greenway. Read More