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 January 2019, 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. Two more trail feasiblity studies are nearing completion, one for the Tollgate Landing Trail Gap and one for the PHTN in the Musser Scout Reserevation.

Near-term Projects

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

  • 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.
  • In the summer of 2019, Quakertown installed PHTN directional signage along the route through the Borough.

News

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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