The newly completed Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network (PHTN) Feasibility Study Report describes preferred trail routes for the first segment of the PA Highlands Trail, which traverses portions of Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton Counties. To read the Feasibility Report click here (PDF 4.32 MB).
The report represents a tremendous amount of input and data collected over the past two years by the PHTN Steering Committee members, local residents, municipal representatives, and state and county park managers. AMC's Mid-Atlantic Recreation Planner John Brunner and Geographic Information Specialist Cathy Poppenwimer collaborated to produce the maps of the PA Highlands Trail trunk and spur routes, with Brunner serving as the report's primary author.
There are a total of five trail planning segments covering the entire
Pennsylvania Highlands region between the Delaware River and the
Maryland border. The first segment of the PA Highlands Trail begins as a co-aligned route along the D&L Trail, which follows the canal towpath along the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. The PA Highlands trail will also establish new trails on abandoned roads and paths within Ringing Rocks County Park and Nockamixon State Park.
Work has already begun on Segment #2 of the PHTN Feasibility Study between Quakertown, the Unami Hills, and the Perkiomen Trail, which is a 19-mile multi-use trail that joins with the Schuylkill River Trail near Valley Forge National Historic Park. AMC is also heading up a Quakertown Area Master Trail Plan Study to connect the complex but disparate number of trails that have been planned or built in several municipalities of Bucks and Lehigh Counties.
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