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 January 2014 two feasibility studies have been completed for this easternmost region of the Pennsylvania Highlands covering portions of Bucks, Lehigh, and Northampton Counties.

Near-term projects include:

A second feasibility study 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) will be constructed this summer between the D&L Trail in Bridgeton Township and Ringing Rocks County Park. The Appalachian Mountain Club Professional Trail Crew will work on clearing a 1.3 mile wooded section of the future Ringing Rocks Trail with some tread repairs planned as well. Much of the trail will follow the footprint of a historic logging trail.


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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

PennDOT Provides Passage for PHTN in Upper Salford

At a recent meeting in Upper Salford Township, representatives from PennDOT and engineers from McCormick Taylor provided details about how the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network (PHTN) will pass under Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike) in Upper Salford Township. Read More

New Kiosk Installed Along PHTN in Quakertown

AMC, Quakertown Alive! and Quakertown Borough team to provide a new interpretive kiosk along the PHTN in Quakertown. Read More

New Park Construction to Begin Near DCNR Trail Gap

Construction of a new community park is set to begin this summer in Richland Township, Bucks County. Read More