Pennsylvania Major Greenways

Overview

The PA Major Greenways data set was developed to help define a statewide network of major trails and greenways, recreational trails and open space corridors for wildlife and other benefits.

Data Layer Description

Source

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Conservation and Recreation

What this data layer represents

Major greenway corridors are defined 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.

Location

a)      Pennsylvania

b)     1:50,000

Description

The PA Major Greenways data set was intended to be used for statewide and regional planning purposes in the development of linear recreational trails and open space corridors for wildlife and other benefits in Pennsylvania. The PA Major Greenways data set was developed to help define a statewide network of major trails and greenways, recreational trails and open space corridors for wildlife and other benefits. Most data was collected at scales smaller than 1:50,000. Much of the land depicted in the linear data set intersects lands held in private ownership. For this reason, the data should not be displayed at scales greater than 1:200,000. The trails in the data set include those for hiking, biking, equestrian, canoeing, off-highway vehicles or some combination of these and other uses. Some trails are nationally designated hiking trails. Others are state designated routes. The data set should not be used for detailed engineering and feasibility studies.

How to get the data layer

A pdf version of the Pennsylvania Major Greenway map is available here.

How you might make use of this data layer

Greenways provide opportunities to protect and manage wildlife, forests and ecological systems. Greenways can become corridors connecting natural areas, making it possible for more varieties of plants to grow and for wildlife to access water and food by traveling along the greenway. 

How to get more information

For more information on Greenways in Pennsylvania, visit the DCNR Greenways website.

Sample Map

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