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.

 

 

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Congress Proposes Legislation to Reauthorize Highlands Conservation Act

Federal support is key to the success of land conservation efforts. Legislation like the Highlands Conservation Act, originally passed in 2004, has been instrumental in preserving valuable resources throughout the Highlands region. While the original authorization has lapsed, efforts are underway in Congress to reauthorize this important program. Read More

PennDOT Provides Passage for PHTN in Upper Salford

At a recent meeting in Upper Salford Township, representatives from PennDOT and engineers from McCormick Taylor provided details about how the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network (PHTN) will pass under Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike) in Upper Salford Township. Read More

New Kiosk Installed Along PHTN in Quakertown

AMC, Quakertown Alive! and Quakertown Borough team to provide a new interpretive kiosk along the PHTN in Quakertown. Read More

New Park Construction to Begin Near DCNR Trail Gap

Construction of a new community park is set to begin this summer in Richland Township, Bucks County. Read More