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 Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network will extend 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 will co-align with several existing trails and connect a network of trails across a variety of landscapes. Although primarily conceived as a “rugged footpath” the PHTN will include 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

News

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AMC Completes Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Pilot Project

The Appalachian Mountain Club has completed its Visual Assessment Pilot Project of a section of the Schuylkill River Trail in Montgomery and Berks Counties. Read More

2017 PHTN Accomplishments

2017 was a busy year for the PHTN Steering Committee and the volunteer Highlands Trail Stewards.  Read on for last year’s accomplishments. Read More

Lower Saucon Buys Highlands Open Space

Last month, Lower Saucon Township announced the purchase of 35 acres in the Northampton Highlands, part of the federally designated Pennsylvania Highlands. Read More

The Latest Highlands Trail Stewards Projects

November was a busy month for AMC’s all-volunteer trail crew, the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Stewards, who have been working hard to improve trails in Bucks County.  Read More