Awards and Recognition

Celebrating Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects


American Trails National and International Trails Awards

The National and International Trails Awards Program is one way American Trails recognizes the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working to create an effective systems of trails across the globe.

Winners of the 2017 Awards were recognized at the 23rd American Trails International Trails Symposium, May 7-10, 2017 in Dayton, Ohio.

See details of award winners for: 2017 | 2015 | 2013 | 2010 | 2008 | 2006 | 2004 | 2002 | 2000


CRT Annual Achievement Awards

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) presents "Annual Achievement Awards" each year in recognition of trails making outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. CRT is a federation of national and regional organizations that support funding through the RTP, which is administered by the Federal Highway Administration through all 50 states. Winners are recognized during Great Outdoor Week in early June each year. Nominations are solicited in the early part of each year.

Award winners will be selected from projects nominated by public agencies, trail administrators or other project sponsors. Projects must be completed in order to receive an award. In addition, projects completed before 2008 are ineligible.

See State by State list of all CRT Awards with links to individual award web pages

Read about the CRT award winners for 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000


Urban Trail

American Trails sponsors the National Trails Awards
every two years at the National Trails Symposium


National Recreation Trails Program

National Recreation Trails is a Federal recognition program for trails that connect people to local resources and improve their quality of life. National Recreation Trail (NRT) nominations come from federal, state, or community trail managers who wish to highlight projects of local and regional significance. NRTs are designated by the Secretary of the Interior, and those in national forests by the Secretary of Agriculture.

The National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) and USDA Forest Service jointly administer the NRT program, with support from a number of other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails. Over 1,000 trails have been designated on federal, state, local, and privately owned land throughout the country.


Photo Contest for National Recreation Trails Program

American Trails sponsors an annual contest for photographs of National Recreation Trails across the country. Awards are made in several categories and entries (and previous winners) on the NRT website. The goal is to highlight the diversity of the NRTs and to make more Americans familiar with these great trails. See entries and winners from: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2004 | 2003 |


Our Awards: Recognition for American Trails

American Trails was selected for an important honor jointly awarded by The Conservation Fund, the Eastman Kodak Company, and the National Geographic Society: the Kodak American Greenways Award for 2003.


American Trails Website Contest

American Trails launched the first-ever contest to seek out the best websites in the cyberworld of trails and greenways. We looked for sites that really make trails come alive, and provide effective information delivery, support volunteers, and engage the public. Winners and nominated websites showcase ways that advocates and agencies are making a difference for trails. Visit dozens of great trails websites and award winners: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

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