Pennsylvania's 28 water trails link outdoor recreation and water conservation efforts. Since 2008, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the National Parks Service have worked together to promote and maintain the Pennsylvania Water Trails Program's network of creeks and rivers. The primary goals of the program are to:
Develop trails that promote sustainable use of natural resources
Increase and improving access to Pennsylvania Water Trails
Connect water trails to land trails
The Pennsylvania Water Trails Program Strategic Plan, adopted in 2017, lays out steps to achieve these goals. Read more here.
The Pennsylvania Water Trails Program has eight guiding principles. Explore all eight below.