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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PHTN 2018 Accomplishments

2018 was another busy year for AMC staff, the PHTN Steering Committee and the volunteer Highlands Trail Stewards.  Read on for last year’s accomplishments. Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Winter Events and Things to Do

The winter holidays are a time of joy, fun, family, and friends. However, it can also be a time of heavy eating, staying inside, and falling behind on routines. Are you looking for a way to enjoy the Pennsylvania Highlands over your winter break? Read More

PA Highlands Coalition hosts return on environment studies webinar

On December 10th, the PA Highlands Coalition held a webinar on the emerging research in return on environment studies. This webinar focused on the ways the benefits of nature and open space can be quantified to influence local planning and policy decisions. This research has been conducted in multiple counties throughout the PA Highlands by our partners. Read More

PA Highlands Coalition to Host Return on Environment Webinar

The PA Highlands Coalition will be hosting a webinar titled “What is nature worth? Return on environment studies and the economic value of the outdoors” on Monday, December 10th at 10am.  Read More