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. A decade later, AMC continues to work with the region’s municipalities and county staff, volunteers and other project partners to plan and develop the PHTN.

 

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PHTN Proceeds in Green Lane

In their July meeting, the Green Lane Borough Council approved the proposed PHTN route through Green Lane. Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Partners Defend Tohickon Creek, Bucks County

The eastern-most section of the PA Highlands borders the renowned Delaware River from Easton in Northampton County to Washington Crossing in Bucks County,and the area falls within the Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic River System. Read More

AMC Presents Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Project at DVRPC

On Wednesday, June 12th, AMC’s Circuit Trail Visual Assessment project team presented to DVRPC’s Information Resources Exchange Group. Read More

AMC Presents Visual Assessment Project at PALTA Conference

On May 16th, AMC staff presented its study “Protecting Significant Views on The Circuit: A Visual Assessment of Conservation Priorities Along The Circuit Trails” at the Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference. Read More