PHTN Planning

The Steering Committee for the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network (PHTN) has developed a conceptual PHTN trunk route that envisions connections between several existing trails across the Pennsylvania Highlands region. In addition to creating a network of existing trails, the PHTN will connect several state parks, national historic sites and landmarks, scenic vistas, and downtown business/cultural districts.

At the local level, PHTN planning efforts have helped bring together trail and park planners from across county and municipal borders, fostering trail connectivity between existing and planned trails.

DCNR Conservation Landscapes

The PHTN will connect four of the seven Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources designated Conservation Landscapes, including: Lehigh Valley Greenways, Schuylkill Highlands, Susquehanna Riverlands, and South Mountain. To view a map of the PHTN alignment with the four Conservation Landscapes click here.

The Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network highlights common themes found throughout the Highlands Region and the Conservation Landscapes. These themes are representative of the geological characteristics, and related land-use patterns and history common to the Highlands Region.

 

 

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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