Highlands Trail Planning

The Steering Committee for the Highlands Trail in Pennsylvania has developed a conceptual 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, three rivers, national historic sites and landmarks, scenic vistas, and downtown business/cultural districts.

At the local level, Highlands Trail 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 Highlands Trail connects four of the eight 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 Highlands Trail in Pennsylvania 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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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