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.