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

News

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Recorded Webinar: "In Defense of Public Lands: Some Lessons on its Biological, Economic, and Social Value"

Watch the webinar from early June 2020 hosted by the PA Highlands Coalition, which featured Author and Professor of Political Science Steven Davis. Read More

AMC Produces Highlands Trail StoryMap

Using ESRI’s ArcGIS StoryMap platform, AMC staff prepared a custom interactive map that tells the story of the 300-mile long Highlands Trail in Pennsylvania. Read More

Recorded Webinar: "Protection of the Kittatinny Ridge: A Global Important Bird Area"

Watch the webinar from early April 2020 to learn more about the Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape, northern neighbor to the PA Highlands region. Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Nolde Forest Expanded

Located in the middle of the Pennsylvania Highlands region, Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center boasts woodlands that are over 100 years old and it will now include 60 additional acres supported with funding from PA Bureau of State Parks and the federal Highlands Conservation Act. Read More