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

Northeastern Pennsylvania Trails Forum

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Trails Forum offers a platform for trail sponsors and supporters to share opportunities, challenges, and solutions.

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Trail Development in Pennsylvania

February 17, 2015

PEC Executive Vice President for Programs Statewide Patrick Starr discusses PEC’s work in the development of trails and trail networks throughout Pennsylvania. From the East Coast Greenway, Delaware River Trail, and the Circuit in southeastern Pennsylvania to the Great Allegheny Passage...

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Planners Want Towpath to Link Into 1,600-Mile, Five-State Trail System

February 14, 2015Akron Beacon Journal

Imagine the beloved Towpath Trail hopped up on steroids. That’s one way to describe a brash, over-the-top vision that trail advocates are pushing in Ohio and four other states to boost economic development. The envisioned interconnected trail system would cover...

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


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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PEC Teams Up With American Trails To Host Water Trail Stewardship Webinar
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PEC Teams Up With American Trails To Host Water Trail Stewardship Webinar

February 2, 2015By: Amy Camp

Environmental stewardship is central to PEC’s work, so it’s no surprise that we recently found ourselves co-hosting a stewardship webinar attended by people from 24 states and three Canadian provinces. The webinar, titled Protect What You Love: Water Trail Ambassador...

Press Releases

DEP Seeks Nominations for Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

January 30, 2015

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary John Quigley has invited individuals and organizations throughout the Commonwealth to apply for the 2015 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The awards program is open to all Pennsylvania businesses, farms, government agencies, educational institutions,...