On Saturday, May 16th with over a hundred in attendance, AMC, the NY-NJ Trail Conference and the Borough of Riegelsville celebrated the near completion of the 150-mile Highlands Trail in NJ and NY and welcomed the Highlands Trail into Riegelsville, Pennsylvania. The celebration began on the NJ side of the Riegelsville Toll-Supported Bridge with speeches given by the NYNJTC and Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. The celebration continued with a hike across the bridge welcoming the Highlands Trail into PA. This included a ribbon-cutting on the NJ/PA border in the middle of the Delaware River on the bridge. Speeches followed on the PA side adjacent to The Riegelsville Inn by the Borough of Riegelsville, AMC, Rep. Quinn, and DCNR. A special unveiling of the Welcome to Riegelsville/Highlands Trail sign proceeded officially marking the beginning of the Highlands Trail in PA. The celebration finished with refreshments and a silent auction at the Borough Park including hikes at Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary and paddling demonstrations on the Delaware River. AMC also unveiled Hike the Highlands cards, that AMC has done in partnership with Wildlands Conservancy. The cards feature 22 hikes throughout the 13-county PA Highlands. A big thank you to AMC volunteers for making the celebration a success!
You can find out more and view pictures of the celebration and the PA Highlands Trail Network by following our blog at www.outdoors.org/hikethehighlands. On this webpage you can also download individual PA Hike the Highlands cards.