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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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,...

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PEC Announces Addition of Frank Maguire to Staff

January 30, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Alex Oltmanns Date: Jan. 30, 2015 Phone: 412-481-9400 The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is pleased to introduce Frank Maguire as its Land and Water Trails Specialist. Based out of the western office—but working all across the...

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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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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,...

Press Releases

PEC Announces Addition of Frank Maguire to Staff

January 30, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Alex Oltmanns Date: Jan. 30, 2015 Phone: 412-481-9400 The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is pleased to introduce Frank Maguire as its Land and Water Trails Specialist. Based out of the western office—but working all across the...

Philadelphia Named No. 3 Place to Go in 2015
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Philadelphia Named No. 3 Place to Go in 2015

January 14, 2015By: Patrick Starr

Is Philadelphia an urban outdoor oasis? The New York Times thinks it is, and ranked the city No. 3 on its “52 Places to Go in 2015,” behind only by Milan, Italy and Cuba. Seriously? Absolutely, says the Times. The...