Heritage Areas


Pennsylvania’s important role in the development of our nation is captured in 12 historically and culturally significant regions. Click here for the Heritage Areas Map.


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Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area

The second of twelve state-designated heritage parks in the Pennsylvania Heritage Parks Program, it tells the story of the western Pennsylvania’s early western Pennsylvania’s early industrialization through constellations, each representing a theme or era in the history of the Ridge– The Canal Era, Conquering the Ridge, Steel City, and The Kingdom of Coal.

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Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is a nationally significant landscape of scenic waterways, forested mountains, rolling hills and valleys, thriving cities and quaint towns, cultural landmarks, and the remnants of historic canals and early industries.  Stretching 165 miles from Wilkes Barre to the Delware River port of Bristol, the D&L Trail is the Corridor's "spine," passing through five counties:  Luzerne, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks.

 

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Endless Mountains Heritage Region

The Endless Mountains Heritage Region has been called Pennsylvania’s best-kept secret. As the region’s name implies, the landscape features a blanket of rolling hills, interspersed with charming historic towns, hamlets, farmsteads, pastures, and peaceful rambling roads.

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Lackawanna Heritage Valley

The Lackawanna Valley’s story is both unique and distinctly American. Settled in the early 1800s, the rugged frontier valley rapidly grew to be a hub of commerce and manufacturing because of the enormous anthracite coal reserves just below the surface.

 

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Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor

The journey is just as important as the destination-where road warriors can experience nostalgic America at its best.  The 200-mile Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor beckons you to ride the same ribbon of asphalt and concrete as your grandparents.
 

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Lumber Heritage Region

Come enjoy the starry skies with fellow astronomers at Cherry Springs State Park, canoe through the “Grand Canyon” of Pennsylvania or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of the Susquehanna Wild Area and learn about the history and heritage of our relationship with the forests along the way.

 

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National Road Heritage Corridor

Conceived and built in the first half of the 19th century, it was the National Road that opened up the land west of the Alleghenies and allowed a budding nation to expand its boundaries westward.

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Oil Region National Heritage Area

Know where the first oil well was drilled? Not Texas: it was in a picturesque Pennsylvania valley in Venango County. The discovery shaped the nation and changed the world.

 

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PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor

Pennsylvania Route 6 experience encompasses eleven counties, stretches over 400 miles across northern PA and encounters many of the Keystone State’s historic treasures and scenic places.

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Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Discover the legacy of Big Steel as you explore the Pittsburgh area and the river valleys of southwestern Pennsylvania and the heritage of America’s Second Industrial Revolution.

 

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Schuykill River National & State Heritage Area

The Schuylkill River, Pennsylvania’s first designated Scenic River, is central to the story of the colonization and industrialization of America.

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Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area

Throughout American history, Lancaster and York Counties and the Susquehanna River Valley have played a key role in the development of our nation’s political, cultural and economic identity.