Highlands Region

The Mid-Atlantic Highlands region of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut forms a 3.5 million acre forested greenbelt around the densely populated areas of Philadelphia, New York City and Hartford.

The region stretches from northwestern Connecticut across the Hudson Valley of New York, through northern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania, and ends in the Michaux State Forest of south-central Pennsylvania. The forested ridges, fertile farm valleys, pure streams and reservoirs of the Highlands are the rugged foothills that lie between the Appalachian Mountains and the increasingly urbanized Piedmont and Atlantic Coastal Plain regions.

The US Congress designated the Mid-Atlantic Highlands as “Nationally Significant” when it passed the Highlands Conservation Act in 2004.

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COVID-19 Impact Report finds Increased Use on Trails in the PA Highlands and across the state

In early June 2020, Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) released its report The COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Pennsylvania’s Non-motorized Trails: Increased Use, Added Strain, and a Newfound Appreciation, which includes feedback from PA Highlands trail managers. Read More

Upcoming Webinar: PA Highlands Coalition to host "Discover the Highlands Trail in Pennsylvania"

On Thursday, August 6th, 2020 at 2pm, Appalachian Mountain Club staff will present the Highlands Region interactive map and Highlands StoryMap during the upcoming webinar. Read More

US Senate Passed the Great American Outdoors Act

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) passed the Senate on June 17th, 2020 by a wide bipartisan margin, 73-25! Read More

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