Current Status of the PHTN

The current trail planning focus for the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network project is to close gaps along the conceptual Highlands Trail route between the Delaware River (D&L Trail) and the Perkiomen Trail. As of May 2015 two 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 include:

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.

An extension of the Saucon Rail Trail from Lehigh County (Coopersburg) into Richland and Springfield Townships, Bucks County, is in the engineering phase. This 3.0 mile shared use trail, currently called the Upper Bucks Rail Trail, should be constructed by the end of 2018. 

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.

News

Click here to see all news

Community Open House Addresses Trail Gap

On the evening of Monday, October 16th, members of the Tollgate Landing community met with AMC staff and representatives of Richland and Milford Townships to discuss the potential for a trail connection to a new park and Trumbauersville Elementary School. Read More

AMC Presents Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Pilot Project

On Friday, September 22, 2017 members of the Appalachian Mountain Club staff presented the results of its Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Pilot Project to project stakeholders. Read More

Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Project Kick Off

The Appalachian Mountain Club is conducting an assessment of land conservation opportunities to assist in the protection of a high quality trail experience through a GIS-based analysis of viewsheds along the Circuit Trails. Read More

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