Current Status

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 third feasibility study is underway to identify 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 Bucks County is being explored with Richland and Springfield Townships.

Members of the Steering Committee are working with John Brunner (AMC’s Mid-Atlantic Recreation Planner) to develop a Signage and Maintenance Guidelines Manual for the trail network, including common themes that can be used for interpretive signage and branding along the trail route.

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.

News

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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

Public Weighs in on Trails in Unami Hills

On  May 11, 2017, the Natural Lands Trust held a Public Meeting at the Upper Salford Township Building to discuss the Fulshaw Craeg Preserve. Read More

Highlands Trail Stewards Volunteer in Richland Township

The volunteer Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Stewards installed directional signage on the PHTN in the Quakertown area. Read More

West Rockhill Talks PHTN

The West Rockhill Township Spring 2017 Newsletter includes a great article on the progress of the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network in upper Bucks County. Read More