About the Highlands Trail in Pennsylvania

The Highlands Trail in Pennsylvania  is a connected trail network located in 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, Bucks County. 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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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