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 Circuit – Greater Philadelphia’s Regional Trail Network

PEC is a driving force in the Circuit’s creation and has worked to plan and implement key regional trails for more than a decade.

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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

Press Releases

PEC Announces Promotion for Frank Maguire

December 9, 2015

Pittsburgh – The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), a statewide leader in environment and conservation, today announced that Frank Maguire has been promoted to the position of Program Director for Trails and Recreation. Joining PEC in February, Maguire has made an...

Frank Maguire Discusses PEC’s Role in Promoting Trail Development
Press Releases

Frank Maguire Discusses PEC’s Role in Promoting Trail Development

November 30, 2015

All across the state, PEC pushes the envelope for ever-improving and expanding networks of recreational trails. The Circuit in Philadelphia and the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition out of Pittsburgh (both with strong PEC leadership and partnerships) are probably the two...

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

Schuylkill River Towns

PEC works to improve the environment and economies of river towns along the Schuylkill and help communities reclaim their river.

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Programs


Inside News and Policy

2015 Greenways and Trails Summit a Big Success Yet Again
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2015 Greenways and Trails Summit a Big Success Yet Again

A chance to share new ideas, progress reports, and challenges facing the world of trails throughout the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society brings together trail builders, planners, advocates, and managers for the Greenways and Trails Summit every other...

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What’s New

POWR Announces 2016 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grants Now Available
Press Releases

POWR Announces 2016 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grants Now Available

January 29, 2016

News for Immediate Release January 29, 2016 Luzerne – The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) has announced the opening of the 2016 Pennsylvania River Sojourns Grant cycle. Grants are available on a competitive basis for single and multi-day...

Susquehanna North Branch Named Pennsylvania River of the Year
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Susquehanna North Branch Named Pennsylvania River of the Year

January 14, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 14, 2016 Harrisburg – Steeped in historical and recreational value, the free flowing Susquehanna River North Branch in Northeastern Pennsylvania has been voted the 2016 Pennsylvania River of the Year following a five-week public voting period....