Trails & Recreation

Pennsylvania was named “Penn’s Woods” for good reason. Over 46,000 square miles of mountains, valleys, and forests abound, laced with sparkling streams and majestic rivers that afford quiet refuge, recreational challenge, and inspiring vistas. The impact of centuries of settlement has created rich and distinctive rural landscapes, as well as vibrant cities and towns that make for authentic and memorable places that inspire exploration.

Experiencing Pennsylvania’s rich resources promotes commitment and engages residents and visitors alike in an ethic of an environmental stewardship. We promote environmental stewardship by promoting the planning and development of trails—on both water and land—that crisscross the Commonwealth to enable access and enjoyment for millions of Pennsylvanians.

With a statewide perspective, PEC facilitates regional partnerships of local governments, agencies, and allied non-profits to envision, plan, and implement trail systems and projects. Our years of experience in professional insight into project planning, design, and development accelerates projects from mere concept to reality.

Land Trails

The Reimagined Spring Garden Street Greenway

PEC instituted a plan for Philadelphia to best connect its region’s growing trail networks and two riverfronts on Spring Garden Street.

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Programs

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Inside News and Policy

PEC Helps Secure Property in Northwest PA for Trail
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PEC Helps Secure Property in Northwest PA for Trail

In the summer of 2014, French Creek Valley Conservancy (FCVC), contacted us regarding an opportunity to purchase the “Black Bridge,” as it is known to locals. This historic steel bridge in Erie County was identified in a 2013 study as a...

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What’s New

PEC in the News

PEC Accepting Applications For Pocono Forest & Waters Conservation Mini-Grants

May 18, 2015PA Environment Digest

The PA Environmental Council is now accepting applications for Pocono Forest and Waters Conservation Landscape Mini-Grants through June 15. A total of $60,000 in grant funding is available. All mini-grants require a 50/50 match. PEC and DCNR encourage any municipality,...

Policy Posts

ACTION ALERT: Armstrong Trail needs your help

March 8, 2010

BACKGROUND: This rail with trail right-of-way along the Allegheny River in Gilpin and Bethel Townships between Schenley and Ford City was “railbanked” and purchased by the Allegheny Valley Land Trust (AVLT), managers of the Armstrong Trail. For over eight years, the...

Water Trails

Ohiopyle

With only 70 residents, Ohiopyle borough faces unique challenges in providing infrastructure to aid Ohiopyle State Park, which attracts 1.5 million visitors a year.

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Programs


Inside News and Policy

The Next Wave in Paddling: Adaptive Equipment and Accessible Docks
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The Next Wave in Paddling: Adaptive Equipment and Accessible Docks

The overarching goal of PEC’s Water Trails program is to allow more Pennsylvanians to enjoy the natural water resources that abound in the Commonwealth. To do that, we work with our stewardship partners to lower the barrier to entry. Barriers...

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What’s New

Taking Action in the Wissahickon Watershed
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Taking Action in the Wissahickon Watershed

May 19, 2015By: Patrick Starr

The Wissahickon Creek is truly a watershed in crisis! As a result, The Friends of the Wissahickon and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association hosted “A Creek in Crisis” last Wednesday at Germantown Academy. Attracting more than 200 concerned residents, the...

PEC in the News

PEC Accepting Applications For Pocono Forest & Waters Conservation Mini-Grants

May 18, 2015PA Environment Digest

The PA Environmental Council is now accepting applications for Pocono Forest and Waters Conservation Landscape Mini-Grants through June 15. A total of $60,000 in grant funding is available. All mini-grants require a 50/50 match. PEC and DCNR encourage any municipality,...

A Busy Time for Water in Southeast Pennsylvania
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A Busy Time for Water in Southeast Pennsylvania

May 12, 2015By: Susan Myerov

Spring has been quite the busy season for PEC as we continue work with our watershed partners in the Southeast portion of the state. We facilitate the Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster, one of eight regional clusters within the broader Delaware...