The Highlands Trail trail route includes co-aligments on several existing trails across the Pennsylvania Highlands region. In addition to creating a network of existing trails, the Highlands Trail will create new trails and trail sections to connect existing trails together. The Highlands Trail connects several state parks, three rivers, national historic sites and landmarks, scenic vistas, and downtown business/cultural districts.
At the local level, Highlands Trail planning efforts have helped bring together community members and trail planning staff from across county and municipal borders, fostering trail connectivity between existing and planned trails.
DCNR Conservation Landscapes
The Highlands Trail connects four of the eight Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources designated Conservation Landscapes, including: Lehigh Valley Greenways, Schuylkill Highlands, Susquehanna Riverlands, and South Mountain. To view a map of the Highlands Trail alignment with the four Conservation Landscapes click here.
The Highlands Trail in Pennsylvania highlights common themes found throughout the Highlands Region and the Conservation Landscapes. These themes are representative of the geological characteristics, and related land-use patterns and history common to the Highlands Region.