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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PEC in the News

Five-State Trail a ‘Visionary Plan’ for Summit County

March 30, 2015Twinsburg Bulletin

A visionary plan to construct a 1,600-mile, 5-state trail system that travels along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath to the west of Twinsburg — and could ultimately connect to the city, township and village of Reminderville via local links...

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Lackawanna River Heritage Trail Upgrades Possible

March 24, 2015The Times-Tribune

There’s not much space to walk or wheel under the rail bridge spanning Railroad Avenue. Pedestrians on their way to or from Lackawanna Avenue find themselves inches from cars whizzing by. “You’ve either got to be fast or real, real...

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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What’s New

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

The Next Wave in Paddling: Adaptive Equipment and Accessible Docks

March 3, 2015By: Amy Camp

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...

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

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...