About the Schuylkill Highlands
From Valley Forge National Park to the historic City of Reading, the 929,057 acre Schuylkill Highlands of southeastern Pennsylvania and the Schuylkill River watershed comprise a special area of historical, natural, recreational and economic importance!

Schuylkill Highlands Regional Maps

The Schuylkill Highlands is one of seven Conservation Landscape Initiative regions in Pennsylvania and includes the majority of the Schuylkill River Watershed, the southeastern most section of the Pennsylvania Highlands and the Hopewell Big Woods - the largest remaining unbroken forest in southeastern Pennsylvania.

South eastern Pennsylvania Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Geocaching, and outdoor activities.The region is at the nexus of two landscapes that have been separately identified for protection, it is the land area where the Highlands (as defined by the US Congress) and the Schuylkill River watershed (focus of much planning work by DCNR, DEP and the Philadelphia Water Department) overlap. The area's importance derives from the need for water quality protection, habitat conservation and recreational development in a region set for considerable growth over the next twenty years. Focusing on the combination of the heavily Farms, orchards, markets in southeastern Pennsylvaniaforested Highlands area with the watershed of second most important water source for the Southeast (after the Delaware River) is logical and compelling.

The region also contains a number of large habitat areas that have been called out for protection by county planning commissions, state agencies and private conservancies. Hopewell Big Woods is perhaps the largest and best known, but the Oley Hills, Unami Forest, Neversink Mountain,and Swamp Creek Corridor are other well-known examples. Public trails along the Schuylkill River have been gradually expanding for many years, and other trail initiatives are underway to connect this spine to adjoining gateways and destinations.

The Schuylkill Highlands Partnership

The Schuylkill Highlands Partnership's focus is to protect the natural and cultural resources, encourage economic development that creates a sustainable regional landscape and inspire people to care for, enjoy and explore the Schuylkill Highlands region.

We are committed to:
Protect the region's natural, cultural and recreational resources.
Connect residents and visitors to the many outdoor opportunities.
Sustain the conservation landscape through best practices.

Learn More About Our Initiatives...

Our Partners

We can't do it alone. Along with numerous organizations and individuals throughout 136 townships, boroughs and cities in 6 Pennsylvania counties we are working together to protect, connect and sustain the amazing natural, recreational and cultural gems of the Schuylkill Highlands region for you to explore and experience!

Meet our Steering Committee
and Project Partners...

Outdooor opportunities in south eastern Pennsylvania

The Schuylkill Highlands region offers an unparalleled variety of activities to connect you and your family to the rich resources in this area. Plan now to visit the trails, birding sites, cultural & historic areas, destination farms, recreational areas and water-sport activities.

Scenic trails form an impressive recreational network linking communities and unique resources including French Creek State Park, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Valley Forge National Historic Park, the 130-mile-long Schuylkill River Trail and Hopewell Big Woods.

Natural Resources of the Schuylkill Highlands
Natural Selections

Leave the electronic world behind! You will become a staunch advocate for protecting the natural environment in our area when you experience it yourself.

Agritourism in the Schuylkill Highlands
A salute to the farmers! Visit the many farms, orchards and wineries the region has to offer. Get your hands dirty! It's fun!

History and Historic Places in the Schuylkill Highlands
Living History

Deepen your connection to the area by visiting the region's historical attractions and museums. Great for locals and out-of-town guests!

Small towns and business in the Schuylkill Highlands
Main Street

Shop in vibrant communities where merchants, who share compatible goals of Schuylkill Highlands, offer locally sourced goods and one-of-a-kind services.

Explore the region's Natural Selections activities...

Dig into area Agritourism opportunities...

Research the region's Living History activities...

Stroll down Main Street...

Arts & Culture in the Schuylkill Highlands
Arts & Culture

Fun options for the whole family from reenactments and gardens to classic theaters, outdoor concerts and amazingly diverse festivals throughout the region.

Trails and Outdoor Activities in the Schuylkill Highlands
Trails & Outdoors

Come on! Push yourself! Experience the multitude of trails, mountain biking and rock climbing opportunities available in the Schuylkill Highlands region.

Lodging and Accommodationsn in the Schuylkill Highlands
Where to Stay

After an active day, you'll need a place to place your head for the night. Extend your day trip to two or three and see it all.

Dining and Hospitality in the Schuylkill Highlands
Where to Eat

From casual to fancy, Pennsylvania's Schuylkill Highlands offers an array of good eats. What are you wishing for? We've got that!

Experience Arts & Culture activities...

Explore the vast Trails & Outdoors activities...

Relax. Browse the Where to stay locations...

Refuel before, during and after your visit. Where to eat locations...

Get Out and Discover More!