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Pennsylvania Trail of the Year

Pennsylvania is a leader in trail development, providing its citizens and visitors with more than 11,000 miles of trails across the commonwealth to enjoy, from gentle pathways threading through miles of preserved greenways, to remote, rugged trails scaling the state’s magnificent mountains. 

Each year, the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee designates a Trail of the Year to help build enthusiasm and support for both large and small trails, and raise public awareness about the value of Pennsylvania’s trail network.

In honor of the achievement, the committee and DCNR produce a poster for statewide distribution and plan a public celebration for the recognized trail.

2019 Trail of the Year Nominations Being Accepted

DCNR’s Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Pennsylvania Trail of the Year. The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 16, 2018.

Please submit the nomination form (DOC), along with all supporting materials, to

2018 Trail Of The Year: Forbidden Drive

Forbidden Drive stretches five miles along the Wissahickon Creek and through Wissahickon Valley
Park -- passing the Thomas Mill Covered Bridge, Valley Green Inn, and other numerous landmarks.

Runners, bikers, and equestrians all frequently share the trail.

Designated a National Recreation Trail in 1975, Forbidden Drive connects users with:

  • Many historic sites
  • 50 miles of natural surface trails
  • A regional trail network that takes them into Pennsylvania’s countryside on the Schuylkill River Trail (with access to state parks) and The Circuit (with a link to the East Coast Greenway)

The Friends of the Wissahickon works in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, organizations, and volunteers to maintain the park and its trails.

Additional information about the 2018 Trail of the Year is available in the resources below: