The PHT network embodies a wide range of resource types, management interests and users. The need to establish and maintain physical, graphic, and interpretive continuity between and among PHT segments is essential to create an experience of national and international significance: Without such continuity, the “PHT” is simply a list of unrelated outdoor recreational opportunities. The tools in the PHT route marking and graphic identity guidelines, designed to be clear, concise, and flexible, can be used by management partners and volunteers to support:
Local Experiences - Users can confidently and safely navigate between PHT segments managed by different partners .
- Long-distance experiences - Users can confidently and safely navigate significant portions of, or the entire breadth of the PHT corridor between the mouth of the Potomac River and the Allegheny Highlands.
- A sense of connection between lands and rivers and streams - Users are aware of intersections between land trails and launch and landing sites for canoes, kayaks, and other non-motorized craft. Various combinations of travel modes can provide opportunities for geographic continuity throughout the PHT network.
- A sense of something larger - At key trailheads and destinations, users understand their current location in relation to the PHT network as a whole from both navigational and interpretive perspectives. This experience ties site-specific locations to local and regional histories.