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Greenways

Greenways are corridors of open space that can connect people, parks, historic sites, and natural areas. They vary greatly in scale, from narrow ribbons of green to wide corridors encompassing unique landscapes.

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and its many partners are developing an outstanding network of greenways across the state, creating an asset that is highly valued by Pennsylvanians and enhancing the quality of life for all.

This network of greenways connects Pennsylvania’s open space, natural landscape features, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites, and urban and rural communities.

Greenways are becoming one of the commonwealth’s most powerful tools to achieve sustainable growth and livable communities.

DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants can assist in planning, building and maintaining greenways.

Pennsylvania Greenways: An Action Plan for Creating Connections

The commonwealth’s statewide Greenways Action Plan (PDF) sets the direction for the greenways program to establish a statewide network of greenways, and a greenway in every local community by 2020.

County Greenway Plans

County greenway and open space network plans serve as the building block to establishing a network of greenways across the commonwealth. Consult the County Greenway Plans Map (PDF) to check the status of your county’s greenway plan and to access completed plans.