Land and Trails Tracking System

Welcome to our interactive map for viewing protected lands and trails within the PA Highlands. 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. Lands protected since 2012 are highlighted. Trails included are regional multi-use trails, local hiking and walking trails, as well as water trails.  Regional hiking and water trails must be within a minimum of three municipalities. Local hiking and walking trails are considered within one or two municipalities. Hiking trails may include sections located on roads.

Information on protected lands and trails is also available via the map and county directories below. This includes the number of acres conserved by municipality or county, acres protected after 2012, percentage of each municipality that is protected (county directories only), and trail mileage. For a summary of the protected lands and trails by county for the PA Highlands, click here.

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. Because the protection of open space and the development of trails is constantly progressing, please understand that 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.

Land and Trails of the Pennsylvania Highlands Interactive Tracking System:

Double click on the county name to go to that county or click “Zoom to,” located at the bottom of the pop-ups.  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.

The following county directories contain a listing of protected lands, public and non-public fee and easement lands, plus local and regional hiking trails and water trails that are within the PA Highlands.

Counties and Municipalities in the Pennsylvania Highlands

 

Data files and maps are current as of May 2016. For any questions, concerns, or suggestions, contact us at amcpahighlands@outdoors.org.

 

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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