AMC Promotes New PA Highlands Recreation Map to Ohh’s and Ahhs’ in Philly

The hustle and bustle of Philadelphia buzzed around the Schuylkill Banks on October 8th as AMC unveiled its new PA Highlands Regional Recreation Map and Guide. Dog-walkers, families, business people, joggers, bicyclists and paddlers enjoyed the beautiful fall day and picked up free copies of the new map, highlighting recreational opportunities throughout the 13-county PA Highlands Region. Speakers at the event shared their excitement for conservation efforts, trail development and the family-friendly hiking, biking and paddling guides available through the AMC in the Pennsylvania Highlands and Southeastern Pennsylvania.

To promote healthy, active lifestyles and to make it easier for people to get outdoors the AMC is distributing the new PA Highlands Regional Recreation Map and Guide for free, featuring close-to-home recreational opportunities including trail and boat access points, safety tips, and points of interest.

Commissioner for the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, Michael DiBerardinis said, “Outdoor recreational opportunities, such as those available in the Pennsylvania Highlands, are one of the best ways for children to connect with the nature. The new Pennsylvania Highlands Regional Recreation Map provides families and organizations in Philadelphia with an easy-to-use resource to help plan activities in the wild lands outside of the city.”

Maps are available at outfitter shops, park offices and other locations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania as well as by visiting: www.outdoors.org/hikethehighlands/ Also available are our fabulous Hike the Highlands Cards that feature 22 unique hikes throughout the Pennsylvania Highlands. The cards can be downloaded or ordered through our website.

The October 8th event in Philadelphia was co-hosted by the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, which is working on the redevelopment of the Tidal Schuylkill River and expanding the Schuylkill River Trail to the Delaware River. Joseph Syrnick of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation spoke about the work of his organization and the incredible recreational resources along the river, connecting Philadelphia residents to the Pennsylvania Highlands by bike and foot.

Sherry Peck of the National Park Service - Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program added that AMC’s new map and guide is “just another great resource AMC has created to encourage families and the public to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors close to home in healthy, safe and affordable ways.”
Jennifer Heisey, AMC’s Mid-Atlantic Recreation Planner emceed the event and also extolled the many benefits of AMC’s new map,“The Pennsylvania Highlands Regional Recreation Map and Guide is the newest and best way to explore the Pennsylvania Highlands,” said Jennifer Heisey, Mid-Atlantic Recreation Planner for the Appalachian Mountain Club. “The Pennsylvania Highlands is 1.9 million acres of serene forests and open space, trails and rivers all within a short drive from Philadelphia.”

For your free copy of the new recreation map and guide and AMC’s Hike the Highlands cards, visit www.outdoors.org/hikethehighlands/ or contact Jennifer Heisey: jheisey@outdoors.org, 610-868-6906.

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