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2015 NRT Photo Contest Winners

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Great photos of America's National Recreation Trails

 

arrow See the entries in the 2015 NRT Photo Contest

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American Trails sponsors the annual Photo Contest for National Recreation Trails. In celebration of these great trails we are presenting awards in several categories to highlight the diversity of NRTs, from backcountry trails to urban greenways. Here are our picks from the 138 entries for 2015:

 

2015 National Recreation Trails WINNING PHOTOS

NOTE: you may link to these pages and photos but unauthorized copying is forbidden: all rights reserved to the photographers who provided these photos.

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TRAIL USE CATEGORIES

 

photo of hiker under huge conifers

Hiking through Douglas firs on Lena Lake National Recreation Trail, Olympic National Forest, Washington

— photo by Nikki Yancey

 

 

Hiking and Walking — Historic Railroad Trail, Nevada

— Tunnels on the trail at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

— photo by Andrew Cattoir

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Bird to Gird Pathway, Alaska

— photo by Susan Sommer

 

 

Bicycling — Neal Smith Trail, Iowa arrow

— Bicyclists and joggers crossing a bridge

— photo by Dayne Magneson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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Paddling through locks on the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Water Trail, Minnesota

— photo by Ann Rexine

 

 

Water Trails — Chattahoochee River National Water Trail, Georgia

— The water trail runs 48 miles through the Atlanta metro area

— photo by Gwyneth Moody

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Left Fork Huntington Creek Trail, Manti-La Sal National Forest west of Huntington, Utah

— photo by Richard Warnick

 

 

Winter Trails — Tunnel Hill State Trail, Illinois arrow

— Unbroken snowy trail

— photo by Jonathan Voelz

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Harbins Park Trail System, Gwinnett County, Georgia

— photo from Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation

 

 

Equestrian Trails —Peter Skene Ogden Trail, Oregon

— Riders crossing a stream in the Deschutes National Forest

— photo by Linda Thomas & Lane Thomas

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Kayakers share the Alabama Scenic River Trail locks with barges and motor boat traffic

— photo by JoAnn Johnson

 

 

Urban Trails — Georgia Black Heritage Trail arrow

— Bike/pedestrian bridge over the Chattahoochee River

— photo by Tracie Sanchez

 

TRAIL MANAGEMENT

 

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Family bicycling on the Sacramento River Trail, Redding, California

— photo from Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

 

arrow Volunteers — Metolius-Windigo Trail, Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

— East Cascade Back Country Horsemen of Oregon crew logging out trees to open up the trail

— photo by Linda Thomas

 

TRAIL FEATURES

 

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Family of badgers along the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Viewing Trail, Montana

— photo by Kimi Smith

 

 

Flora and Fauna — Wacissa River Paddling Trail, Florida

— Tri-colored heron along the trail

— photo by Doug Alderson, Florida Office of Greenways and Trails

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Trail signs along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, Massachusetts

— photo by Sarah Bierden

 

 

Arts and Interpretation — River Mountains Loop Trail, Nevada arrow

— "Big Bike" along the trail

— photo by Tony Taylor

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Plaque marks the Western Terminus of the Great Allegheny Passage along the Three Rivers Water Trail in Pittsburgh

— photo by Betsy Manderino

 

 

 

Historic Features — Susquehanna River Water Trail, Pennsylvania

— Historic bridge along the Harrisburg Riverfont

— photo by Sherri Clukey

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Former railroad corridor is now the American Tobacco Trail in Durham, North Carolina

— photo by Sarina Lewis

 

 

Rail and Canal Trails — Silver Comet National Recreation Trail, Georgia arrow

— Autumn day on the trail near Rockmart

— photo by Clara Williams

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The Copper Harbor Trails, Michigan, include structures for mountain bike skills riding

— photo from Copper Harbor Trails Club

 

 

 

Innovative Facilities — Black Canyon National Water Trail

— Catwalk trail to the water gaging on the Colorado River/Lake Mohave

— photo by Tony Taylor

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Getting water at Alum Bluff along the Apalachicola River Blueway, Florida

— photo by Doug Alderson, Florida Office of Greenways and Trails

 

 

Scenery and Natural Features — Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail arrow

— Ochlockonee River State Park along the Water Trail

— photo by Doug Alderson, Florida Office of Greenways and Trails

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The Copper Harbor Trails, Michigan, include structures for mountain bike skills riding

— photo from Copper Harbor Trails Club

 

 

 

Artistic Merit — Musketawa National Recreation Trail, Michigan

— On the trail between Conklin and Ravenna

— photo by Jim Allan


 


 

arrow See all the entries in the 2014 NRT photography contest

arrow See all the entries in the 2013 NRT photography contest

arrow See all the entries in the 2012 NRT photography contest

arrow See all the entries in the 2011 NRT photography contest

 

NOTE: you may link to these pages and photos but unauthorized copying is forbidden: all rights reserved to the photographers who provided these photos.


To find NRTs in your state, see the searchable NRT database. If you have questions about the NRT program or the contest, please contact us. Presented by American Trails, P. O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797 — phone (530) 547-2060 — fax (530) 547-2035 — NRT@AmericanTrails.org

 

 

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