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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What’s New

PEC in the News

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...

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Rotary Funds Trail Work at Milford Experimental Forest

March 9, 2015The News Eagle

The Milford/Matamoras Chapter of Rotary International has committed $3,000 toward developing educational materials for a new hiking trail currently under development in the Milford Experimental Forest (MEF), Schocopee Road, Milford, that is expected to open for education programs later this...

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