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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AMC Hosts The Circuit Trails Visual Assesment Study Webinar

On Wednesday, April 24th, Appalachian Mountain Club hosted a webinar to present its comprehensive visual assessment project of 30 Circuit Trails in PA and NJ. Read More

AMC and Lehigh Partner on Saucon Park Signage Project

AMC partnered with Lehigh University to design and install two interpretive signs in Saucon Park in the City of Bethlehem. The signs interpret natural and historical features location in the park.   Read More

AMC Completes Study of 30 Circuit Trails

Visual Assessment Project AMC has completed its Visual Assessment Study, “Protecting Significant Views Along The Circuit: A Visual Assessment of Land Conservation Priorities for Viewsheds Along The Circuit Trails.” With funding from the William Penn Foundation, AMC and project participants studied thirty Circuit Trails in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with the goal of determining locations of unprotected parcels within key trail viewsheds.  Read More

Congress Passes Permanent Reauthorization of LWCF

After allowing the Land and Water Conservation Fund to expire on September 30, 2018, all eyes have been on Congress as PA Highlands Coalition partners and conservation advocates across the country worked to permanently reauthorize the program and to secure full and dedicated funding. Read More