Highlands Trail Planning
The Steering Committee for the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network (PHTN) has developed a conceptual Highlands Trail trunk route that envisions connections between several existing trails across the Pennsylvania Highlands region. In addition to creating a network of existing trails, the Highlands Trail will connect several state parks, national historic sites and landmarks, scenic vistas, and downtown business/cultural districts.
At the local level, trail planning efforts on behalf of the PHTN have helped bring together trail and park planners from across county and municipal borders, fostering trail connectivity between existing and planned trails.
The Highlands Trail 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 Highlands Trail 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.