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About the PA Highlands Trail

The Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network (PHTN) is an interconnected system of recreational trails located within the 1.9 million-acre, 13 county Pennsylvania Highlands region. AMC is leading the development of the PHTN in partnership with the PA Highlands Coalition and with the guidance of a Steering Committee that includes nonprofit recreation and conservation groups, as well as representatives from local, county, and state parks and planning agencies. 

The PHTN is part of a larger vision to develop a trail through the entire four-state Mid-Atlantic Highlands Region. This vision began in the early 1990’s when the New York – New Jersey Trail Conference started a multi-year effort to establish the New York – New Jersey Highlands Trail, which currently covers over 150 miles from the Hudson River, near Storm King Mountain, to the Delaware River at Riegelsville, Pennsylvania. 

The Pennsylvania Highlands Trail will extend from the Delaware River to the Susquehanna River in York County, where it will join the Mason Dixon Trail and continue on to the Appalachian Trail at Whiskey Springs. The nearly 300-mile Highlands Trail co-locates with several existing trails across a variety of landscapes. Although primarily conceived of as a “rugged footpath,” the Highlands Trail includes a full spectrum of trail types to accommodate a wide range of uses, including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross county skiing and other forms of non-motorized recreation.

For information about the PA Highlands Trail Network and to view and interactive map of the trail visit the project website at pahighlands.org or contact Patricia McCloskey, Mid-Atlantic Recreation Planner, 610-868-6906.


Visit the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Website