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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Construction Begins on Upper Bucks Rail Trail

The Upper Bucks Rail Trail is now in the construction phase. The project, located in Springfield and Richland Townships, will cover three miles of unused railbed from Veterans Park in Richland to just outside Coopersburg, in Springfield Township. Read More

AMC Raises LWCF Awareness at Valley Forge National Historical Site

Appalachian Mountain Club Delaware Valley Chapter outdoor leader and conservation chair joined 11 hikers at Valley Forge National Historical Park to hike 6 miles and talk about the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund on Wednesday, October 30th. Read More

PA Highlands Coalition Hosts Local Funding Webinar

On Thursday October 31st, 2019 the PA Highlands Coalition hosted “Match Funding: Open Space Referendums and other local tools to support Land Conservation” during a one-hour webinar. Read More

AMC Highlights LWCF at Washington Crossing State Park

On Wednesday, October 30th, AMC Delaware Valley Chapter outdoor leader and Mid Atlantic conservation policy staff joined 36 hikers to walk 9 miles and talk about the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Read More