Current Status of the PHTN

The current trail planning focus for the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network (PHTN) project is to close gaps along the conceptual PHTN route between the Delaware River (D&L Trail) and the Perkiomen Trail. As of June 2019, four feasibility studies and a Trail Concept Plan have been completed for this easternmost region of the Pennsylvania Highlands covering portions of Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh, and Northampton Counties. 

Near-term Projects

Recently completed PHTN projects and projects that are underway are included below:

  • In June 2019, two feasibility studies, for the Tollgate Landing HOA (Bucks County) and the Musser Scout Reservation (
  • In the summer of 2018, the directional signage marking the PHTN route through the Borough of Quakertown was installed.
  • A Trail Concept Plan has been completed and identifies alternative trail routes in the Unami Hills area between Finland (near the border of Bucks and Montgomery Counties; Milford and Marlborough Townships) and the Perkiomen Trail near Green Lane.
  • The Upper Bucks Rail Trail is in the engineering phase. This rail trail will connect to the Saucon Rail Trail at the Lehigh County line in Coopersburg and travel through Richland and Springfield Townships, Bucks County. This 3.0 mile shared use trail should be constructed by the end of 2019.
  • A portion of new trail (1.5 miles) is under development between the D&L Trail in Bridgeton Township and Ringing Rocks County Park. The Appalachian Mountain Club Professional Trail Crew has cleared a 1.3 mile wooded section of the future Ringing Rocks Trail. Much of the trail will follow the footprint of a historic logging trail. A new parking area has been developed by Bucks County on the northeast side of River Road. AMC will partner with the County to develop directional signage and an interpretive kiosk in this area.
  • A new trailhead on the north side of River Road in Bridgeton Township opened in 2019. This trailhead will provide access to the D&L Trail, Delaware Canal State Park and Ringing Rocks County Park.

News

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Highlight the Highlands: Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site Celebrates National Public Lands Day

10/3/19 — In the PA Highlands, on Saturday September 28th, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site hosted a NPL Day event to preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of the site. Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Valley Forge National Historical Park Celebrates National Public Lands Day

10/2/19 — In the heart of the PA Highlands, citizens celebrated National Public Lands Day at Valley Forge National Historical Park by engaging in voluntary trail work on Saturday, September 28th. Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Pine Grove Furnace State Park Celebrates National Public Lands Day

10/1/19 — In the western section of the PA Highlands, community members celebrated National Public Lands Day at Pine Grove Furnace State Park by planting 30 native trees on Saturday, September 28th. Read More

Unami Creek Greenway Project Public Meeting

The Appalachian Mountain Club has partnered with Heritage Conservancy to study land conservation and trail development along the Unami Creek in Milford Township, Bucks County. Read More