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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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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PEC in the News

Pennsylvania Environmental Council Receives $1.5 Million for Trails

July 7, 2015Philanthropy News Digest

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council has announced a $1.5 million grant from the William Penn Foundation in support of development of a trail network in Bucks, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties. The two-year grant will enable PEC to focus its efforts on...

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

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

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...

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DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Headlines  PEC’s “Environmental Focus” on July 11
Press Releases

DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Headlines PEC’s “Environmental Focus” on July 11

July 9, 2015

Contact: Alex Oltmanns Date: July 9, 2015 Phone: (412) 481-9400 Email: aoltmanns@pecpa.org   Pittsburgh – Outdoor recreation on Pennsylvania’s waterways was the topic of conversation on the second edition of “Environmental Focus,” a half-hour television talk show from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council...