Land and Trails Tracking System

This interactive map of the Pennsylvania Highlands region was developed to provide the user with a landscape view of protected land and trails which can assist with conservation and trail planning. Viewing the data at this scale provides information on connectivity, as well as gap areas.

The protected lands are comprised of privately conserved lands through fee and easement, as well as publicly accessible open space such as federal, state and municipal park lands. Trails included are regional multi-use, local hiking and pedestrian trails, as well as water trails.  Regional hiking and water trails must be within a minimum of three municipalities. Local hiking and pedestrian trails are considered within one or two municipalities. Hiking trails may include sections located on roads.

Because the protection of open space and the development of trails is constantly progressing, the information on this website is a shapshot of the status of protected lands and miles of trails as of May 2016.  Please make sure to check other sources for the most current information.

Interactive Tracking System

To go to a county, click on the county name and then click “Zoom to,” located at the bottom of the pop-up window.  Click in the municipality to see the breakdown of the protected lands and trails within that municipality. Protected lands and trails will display at a certain resolution.

Information on protected lands and trails is also available via the county directories below. This includes the number of acres conserved in the municipality or county, acres protected after 2012, percentage of each municipality that is protected (county directories only), and trail mileage.

The protected lands and trails data layers were derived from public data files, purchased from county planning commissions, or shared by conservation organizations. However, the protected lands data is not fully complete due to copyright restrictions. For a list of data sources, click here.

Counties and Municipalities in the Pennsylvania Highlands