Statewide Trail Network Taking Shape
The Allegheny Trail Alliance is a group of rails-to-trails organizations building the Great Allegheny Passage, a 152-mile bicycle and walking trail connecting Cumberland, Md. with Pittsburgh, Pa., with a 52-mile branch to the Pittsburgh International Airport. At Cumberland we link to the C & O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous ride to Washington, D.C.
A route north from Pittsburgh to Lake Erie is also in the formative stages, with well-established groups like the Allegheny Valley Trails Association and start-ups pitching in to carry the load. The 2004 Pennsylvania Greenway Sojourn will feature a large section of this route that is already complete.
Extending east from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg is Pennsylvania's Millennium Legacy Trail, the Mainline Canal Greenway. While not a "trail" in the traditional sense, the Mainline represents another step in the evolution of greenways, introducing the concepts of community and economic revitalization and reconnection to towns once linked by this major transportation corridor.
Following this theme of nontraditional greenways is the Susquehanna River Greenway. The Susquehanna Greenway will link natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources along the 500-mile corridor of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. It will create a basin-wide organization for resource management and community conservation—factors of lasting importance to the economies and quality of life of river communities. While featuring the many economic, cultural and historical resources mentioned above, the next two greenways also implement traditional trail networks.
With the 128-mile Schuylkill River as its spine, our Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area is alive with a remarkable diversity of historical, recreational and cultural attractions. The Schuylkill River Greenway runs along "the Revolutionary River" where visitors can shadow the birth of our nation from the cobblestone streets and fabled landmarks of old Philadelphia to the huts and hollows of Valley Forge. Upstream you'll find a wealth of historic places, quaint river towns, abundant parks and access points to the river and trails, and year-round festivals and activities.
The Delaware and Lehigh Canal Heritage Park Corridor is both a State Heritage Park and a National Heritage Corridor. It stretches more than 150 miles through the five eastern Pennsylvania counties of Bucks, Carbon, Lehigh, Luzerne and Northampton, with the spine of the corridor being the historic Lehigh and Susquehanna Railroad, the Lehigh Navigation system and the Delaware Canal. More than a hundred Pennsylvania municipalities are included in the corridor.