Water trails are recreational and educational corridors between specific locations that can be used for both single day and multiple day trips.  They are comprised of access points, boat launches, day use sites, and — in some cases — overnight camping areas.  They provide safe access to and information about Pennsylvania’s waterways while also providing connections to our diverse history, ecology, geology, heritage and wildlife.

Pennsylvania Water Trails provide information to users about general boating safety and also local information that’s necessary for enjoying the specific water trail.  Information should be provided through a combination of materials including a trail map and guide, signage, web site, or other format.

Water Trails are positive contributors to local communities by providing economic stimulus and also protecting resources that are important to the quality of life of Pennsylvania residents.  Water trails promote an ethic of caring that makes the Commonwealth a better place.  Pennsylvania Water Trails embrace the “Leave No Trace” code of outdoor ethics that promotes the responsible use & enjoyment of the outdoors.

The PA Water Trails Program has developed the water trail checklist to give you an idea of what is involved in undertaking a water trail project.  The PA Water Trails Handbook is a good first place to start when undertaking a project.

Interested in some more information about water trails?  Following are some links to additional resources:


Blue Trails Guide (published by Amreican Rivers): About Blue Trails

Chesapeake Bay Gateways & Watertrails Network: Water Trails Toolbox: About Water Trails

American Trails: What are water Trails?