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 East Coast Greenway in Pennsylvania

PEC has built upon its trail work throughout the Commonwealth and shares the PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources' vision of a statewide greenway network.

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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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Nominations Sought for 2016 Northeast Environmental Partnership Awards
Press Releases

Nominations Sought for 2016 Northeast Environmental Partnership Awards

April 13, 2016

Contact: Angela Vitkoski Date: April 13, 2016 Phone: (570) 718-6507 Email: avitkoski@pecpa.org Luzerne – The Northeast Environmental Partners are seeking nominations for the 26th annual Northeast Environmental Partnership Awards. Now in its 26th year, the regionally acclaimed awards program pays tribute to those organizations...

Go On a Nighttime Bike Ride With Multi-color LED Bike Lights
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Go On a Nighttime Bike Ride With Multi-color LED Bike Lights

April 11, 2016Philly Voice

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council will host a nighttime group bike ride on Saturday, April 16. The ride will wind through Center City beginning at 8 p.m. Meeting location will be the intersection of 25th Street and Spruce Street. LED light arrays...

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

Laurel Highlands Communities

The Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape works to stimulate community and economic development by connecting people to outdoor recreation and natural resources.

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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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PEC Honored with Friend of French Creek Award
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PEC Honored with Friend of French Creek Award

April 27, 2016

Contact: Alex Oltmanns Date: April 27, 2016 Phone: (412) 481-9400 Email: aoltmanns@pecpa.org Pittsburgh – The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) was presented with the Friend of French Creek Award at the French Creek Valley Conservancy’s (FCVC) 2016 awards dinner held at...

Nominations Sought for 2016 Northeast Environmental Partnership Awards
Press Releases

Nominations Sought for 2016 Northeast Environmental Partnership Awards

April 13, 2016

Contact: Angela Vitkoski Date: April 13, 2016 Phone: (570) 718-6507 Email: avitkoski@pecpa.org Luzerne – The Northeast Environmental Partners are seeking nominations for the 26th annual Northeast Environmental Partnership Awards. Now in its 26th year, the regionally acclaimed awards program pays tribute to those organizations...