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. Along the way the PHTN will co-locate 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, mountain biking, cross country skiing and other forms of non-motorized recreation. The use(s) allowed on a particular section of trail are to be 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 Edward M. Morris Foundation

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Community Open House Addresses Trail Gap

On the evening of Monday, October 16th, members of the Tollgate Landing community met with AMC staff and representatives of Richland and Milford Townships to discuss the potential for a trail connection to a new park and Trumbauersville Elementary School. Read More

AMC Presents Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Pilot Project

On Friday, September 22, 2017 members of the Appalachian Mountain Club staff presented the results of its Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Pilot Project to project stakeholders. Read More

Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Project Kick Off

The Appalachian Mountain Club is conducting an assessment of land conservation opportunities to assist in the protection of a high quality trail experience through a GIS-based analysis of viewsheds along the Circuit Trails. Read More

Congress Proposes Legislation to Reauthorize Highlands Conservation Act

Federal support is key to the success of land conservation efforts. Legislation like the Highlands Conservation Act, originally passed in 2004, has been instrumental in preserving valuable resources throughout the Highlands region. While the original authorization has lapsed, efforts are underway in Congress to reauthorize this important program. Read More