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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Highlands funding doubled in 2019 spending bill

Signed by the President on February 15th, the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Omnibus Appropriations package has allocated $20 million for the Highlands Conservation Act, a 100% increase from Fiscal Year 2018 levels.  Read More

PHTN 2018 Accomplishments

2018 was another busy year for AMC staff, the PHTN Steering Committee and the volunteer Highlands Trail Stewards.  Read on for last year’s accomplishments. Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Winter Events and Things to Do

The winter holidays are a time of joy, fun, family, and friends. However, it can also be a time of heavy eating, staying inside, and falling behind on routines. Are you looking for a way to enjoy the Pennsylvania Highlands over your winter break? Read More

PA Highlands Coalition hosts return on environment studies webinar

On December 10th, the PA Highlands Coalition held a webinar on the emerging research in return on environment studies. This webinar focused on the ways the benefits of nature and open space can be quantified to influence local planning and policy decisions. This research has been conducted in multiple counties throughout the PA Highlands by our partners. Read More