Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Sneak Peek Hike - Pennsylvania Highlands Trail

The Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network (PHTN) is an AMC project that will create new trails and connect existing trails throughout the Pennsylvania Highlands region. On December 2nd, hikers will get a  preview of a portion of one of the new trail segments within the easternmost portion of the PHTN as we explore the proposed route from Ringing Rocks to the Delaware Canal Towpath and follow the D&L Trail to Rieglesville.  Anyone who's ever hiked near Ringing Rocks knows that its a beautiful, if short, trail. We'll hike an ancient trail route that parallels High Falls Creek from the Ringing Rocks boulder field down to the Delaware River. Note: due to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, this hike will require some scrambling around and over downed trees (see prior blogpost).

We'll also enjoy a delightful walk along the Delaware Canal Towpath with excellent views of the National Wild and Scenic Delaware River, Nockamixon Cliffs and preserved farms. The towpath leads to Riegelsville, which in addition to being a remarkable National Historic District, is where the PA Highlands Trail Network begins.  The trip leader is Cathy Frankenberg, AMC's Mid-Atlantic Policy Associate. She will be assisted by AMC's Mid-Atlantic Recreation Planner, John Brunner, who will discuss the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network project and provide a narrative of the natural and cultural history of the Upper Bucks County area . To read more about the trip and to register, see our event listings here.

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