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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PHTN Proceeds in Green Lane

In their July meeting, the Green Lane Borough Council approved the proposed PHTN route through Green Lane. Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Partners Defend Tohickon Creek, Bucks County

The eastern-most section of the PA Highlands borders the renowned Delaware River from Easton in Northampton County to Washington Crossing in Bucks County,and the area falls within the Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic River System. Read More

AMC Presents Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Project at DVRPC

On Wednesday, June 12th, AMC’s Circuit Trail Visual Assessment project team presented to DVRPC’s Information Resources Exchange Group. Read More

AMC Presents Visual Assessment Project at PALTA Conference

On May 16th, AMC staff presented its study “Protecting Significant Views on The Circuit: A Visual Assessment of Conservation Priorities Along The Circuit Trails” at the Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference. Read More