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

Explore the Circuit Itineraries

With all the trails to choose from in the Circuit, it’s hard to know where to start. These itineraries include access points and trip ideas along 12 Circuit trails.

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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

Environmental Council Seeks Grant Money To Improve Delaware Canal Trail

April 13, 2015LEVITTOWNNow.com

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is seeking grant money to improve the Delaware Canal walking trail through Tullytown. Tony Spagnoli, a representative from PEC, asked the borough council last week for a resolution authorizing PEC to submit a grant application to...

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Community Assessment to be ‘New Lens’ on Meadville

April 13, 2015GoErie.com

MEADVILLE — The French Creek Valley Conservancy is taking a fresh look at Meadville. The city is joining the conservancy’s Creek Towns Economic Development Program, which encourages paddlers, hikers and others enjoying French Creek to also enjoy restaurants, lodging and...

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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Four Area Programs Announced as Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards Winners
Press Releases

Four Area Programs Announced as Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards Winners

April 2, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2, 2015 Contact: Sally Tarhi Pennsylvania Environmental Council (412) 481-9400 WPEA@pecpa.org Pittsburgh – Four environmental conservation and education programs from throughout Western Pennsylvania will share $20,000 from Dominion and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) for innovation...

Call for Nominations: Northeastern Pennsylvania Environmental Partnership Awards
Press Releases

Call for Nominations: Northeastern Pennsylvania Environmental Partnership Awards

March 26, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION (March 26, 2015) FOR EDITORIAL COMMENT, PLEASE CONTACT Angela Vitkoski at 570-718-6507 The Northeast Environmental Partners announce the “25th Annual Evening for Pennsylvania’s Environment,” and are seeking a Call For Nominations for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Environmental Partnership...

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...