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

GoToTrails.com: Online Trail planning and mapping

GoToTrails.com assists in providing an increased level of trail development.

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Programs

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Inside News and Policy

Together We Lead: PEC Attends National Bike Summit
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Together We Lead: PEC Attends National Bike Summit

The 2016 National Bike Summit & Women’s Forum is the premier bicycle advocacy event of the year. Hosted annually in Washington D.C., the Summit has shown real impact in leveraging increased investments in bicycling at the federal, state, and local...

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What’s New

Partners break ground on mountain bike trail around Quemahoning Lake
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Partners break ground on mountain bike trail around Quemahoning Lake

May 20, 2016The Tribune-Democrat

If May 2017 brings the region another breezy Friday of sunshine and temperatures just under 70 degrees, visitors to Quemahoning Lake should have another vantage point to take in the views: a bicycle seat. Partners in a proposed 17-mile mountain-bike...

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

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

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...

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WPEA Winner Feature: Edward Schroth
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WPEA Winner Feature: Edward Schroth

May 23, 2016

In the weeks leading up to the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will feature each of this year’s five awardees, along with a local group receiving special recognition. The Connoquenessing Watershed Alliance, Crawford County Riparian Restoration Program,...

Newsmaker: Ed Schroth
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Newsmaker: Ed Schroth

May 23, 2016Trib Total Media

Noteworthy: The Pennsylvania Environmental Council awarded Schroth a Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award for his more than 50 years of service as a biology teacher at Quaker Valley High School and Duquesne University. The council called Schroth “one of the most...