DCNR Greenways website
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is working with key stakeholders to develop a network of greenways across Pennsylvania. This page provides links to key resources and updates on ongoing efforts.
Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee
The 20-member Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee represents both motorized and non-motorized trail users and advises the Commonwealth on the use of state and federal trail funding. The Committee helps implement the recommendations of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan to develop a statewide land and water trail network. Committee business is posted on this page.
This site, administered by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA), offers comprehensive guidance on a wide array of conservation and land use topics; information is presented in a way that benefits anyone from a landowner seeking guidance to a seasoned professional. See the Trails and Greenways library section for trail- and greenway-specific resources.
Pennsylvania’s community resource for searching, discovering and sharing trail information statewide.
GoToTrails.com provides a digital map, whiteboard, and forum for trail planners, builders, and others to share information, plan and manage trails, and explore recreational opportunities.
Rails to Trails Conservancy Resource Library
A collection of studies and reports related to rail-to-trail activity across the country.
Towns and Trails Toolkit
A resource to help people create trail-friendly communities
In an effort to preserve some of Pennsylvania’s historic bridges, the commonwealth is marketing a number of them for adaptive reuse (e.g., for use as trail connectors). PennDOT primarily markets truss bridges because they were designed to be disassembled and moved as needed, thus making it easier to preserve them through relocation.
Funding for Trails
Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program (Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development)
Multimodal Transportation Fund (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation)
Rails-to-Trails Mini-Grants (Rails to Trails Conservancy)
Regional Trail Workshop Grants (PALTA)
Pennsylvania RecTAP Grants (Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society)
Transportation Alternatives Program (PennDOT)
Plans and Maps
Exploring Pennsylvania’s Top Ten Trail Gaps
Interactive GIS map illustrating the top ten trail gaps in Pennsylvania, featuring photos and information. The intent of the the top ten trail gaps is to establish the top priority trail projects for Pennsylvania and to raise public awareness of the need for funding and interagency cooperation to complete these gaps. These were selected as the top ten trail gaps out of 38 nominations submitted by trail partners throughout the commonwealth.
County Greenway Plans
A PDF document of county and multi-county greenway plans. The plans might serve as companion documents to other plans or directly address closely related greenway topics such as open space protection, parks, and outdoor recreation.
Pennsylvania Major Greenway Corridors
This PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ map identifies nearly 50 major greenway corridors, which the agency defines as existing or planned, linear open space features, fifty miles or more in length, passing through two or more counties, and recognized in an official planning document. Included are all water trails designated by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Pennsylvania Greenways: An Action Plan for Creating Connections
This 2001 plan is the end product of the Pennsylvania Greenways Partnership Commission, which was established by Governor Ridge in 1998. It was completed with the help of the Greenways Partnership Advisory Committee.
Farmers Market Nutrition Program and Trails Map
Web mapping application for Pennsylvania land and water trails with locations of farm stands and markets. Data from Explore PA Trails.
Pennsylvania Conserved Lands Map
Map of Pennsylvania conserved land compiled by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association.
Pennsylvania Annual Trail Reports
The reports document trail accomplishments in the commonwealth.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Stormwater Permitting and Trail Development
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about trail development and permitting for PA Code, Title 25, Chapter 102 – Erosion and Sediment Control, and Chapter 105 – Dam Safety and Waterway Management.