PHTN Background

The plan to develop a trail through the Mid-Atlantic Highlands Region began to take shape in the early 1990’s when the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference began a multi-year effort to establish the NY/NJ Highlands Trail, covering over 160 miles from the Hudson River near Storm King Mountain to the Delaware River at Riegelsville, PA.

In 2006, AMC initiated discussions about extending the Highlands Trail into Pennsylvania when it convened two Roundtable Meetings at Nolde Forest and Kings Gap Environmental Education Centers. Participants included county planners, state park managers, land conservancies and recreational groups. These discussions helped to gauge the potential interest for a PA Highlands Trail Network (PHTN).

The PHTN Steering Committee

An outcome of the Roundtable Meetings was the formation of a region-wide PA Highlands Trail Steering Committee, which was created in 2007 with participants representing land trusts, state parks, trail organizations, and county planning commissions from across the PA Highlands Region.

The PA Highlands Trail Network Steering Committee developed a conceptual PHTN trunk route, focused on making connections between existing trails found throughout the PA Highlands region. This conceptual trail route was in part based on the realization that co-aligning with a network of existing trail systems in the PA Highlands would facilitate connectivity and provide opportunities to link some of the outstanding natural and cultural features in the region, including several state parks, national historic sites and landmarks, numerous water trails, scenic vistas and revitalized downtowns.

AMC and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference co-hosted a trail celebration in Riegelsville, PA in 2009 to mark the official beginning of efforts to develop the PHTN. A Highlands Trail marker was installed at the new footbridge over the Delaware Canal in Rieglesville. This event catalyzed efforts to continue the trail through Pennsylvania.

 

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AMC Partners for New Signage on the Schuylkill River Trail

AMC partnered with the Schuylkill River Greenways National Historic Area and Union Township to produce an interpretive sign along the Schuylkill River Trail.  Read More

AMC Presents Trail Concept Plan to PHTN Steering Committee

On Monday, March 26th, AMC and its consultant, Campbell Thomas & Company, presented a conceptual trail plan for the Musser Scout Reservation, located in the Unami Forest of Montgomery County. Read More

Highlands Conservation Act Reauthorized in FY18 Omnibus Spending Bill

A major victory for land conservation in the four-state Highlands region was won late last week when the President signed the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) Omnibus spending bill, which included both funding and reauthorization for the Highlands Conservation Act (HCA) through 2021. Read More

Richland Township Updates Open Space and Trails Map

Recently, Richland Township, Bucks County updated their Open Space and Trails Map to show the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network along with other park and trail resources. Read More