The Highlands Trail Network

Connecting Communities and Rivers 

As it makes its way through the 13-county Pennsylvania Highlands Region, the Highlands Trail connects three rivers: the Delaware, the Schuylkill and the Susquehanna Rivers. Between these rivers, the Highlands Trail follows or crosses many creeks, including the Perkiomen and the Conewago. The Highlands Trail connects to six state parks: Delaware Canal, Nockamixon, French Creek, Gifford Pinchot, Pine Grove Furnace, and Caledonia State Parks, and one national park, Valley Forge National Historical Park. The Highlands Trail also connects to or passes close by several county parks, including Ringing Rocks Park, Green Lane Park, Central and Lower Perkiomen Valley Parks, and Chickies Rock County Park. The Highlands Trail route also connects to many municipal parks and recreation areas as well. 

Highlands Trail Interactive Map

Trail that the Highlands Trail route co-aligns with are shown on the interactive map in teal blue. Trails that are under construction are shown as solid yellow lines, trails that are planned are shown as red dotted lines, and trail gap areas are shown as grey dotted lines. For trail information, click on the trail and follow the link to that trail’s page or click on the corresponding trail picture below the interactive map. Clicking on the grey park and recreation area icons on the map will provide more information about each resource.  

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News

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Great American Outdoors Act signed into Law

On August 4th, 2020 GAOA was enacted into law! This measure provides full, permanent dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and a $5.9B investment over 5 years to address the maintenance backlog on public lands. Read More

Recorded Webinar: "Discover the Highlands Trail in Pennsylvania"

Watch the webinar from early August 2020 hosted by the PA Highlands Coalition, which featured Appalachian Mountain Club staff Patricia McCloskey and Catherine Poppenwimer. Read More

US House Passes GAOA, and it moves to the President's Desk

On July 22, 2020 the US House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) by a wide bi-partisan margin, 301-107! Read More

14 Acres Added to Nockamixon S.P. in the PA Highlands

On July 9th, 2020 Natural Lands announced the completion of a 2-parcel land acquisition project using federal Highlands funding in Bucks County, PA. Read More