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2016 NRT Photo Contest Winners

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Great photos of America's National Recreation Trails

 

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American Trails sponsors the annual Photo Contest for designated 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 160 entries for 2016:

 

2016 National Recreation Trails WINNING 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 — Buffalo Track Canyon Trail, Kansas

— Young hikers in central Kansas at the north end of Kanopolis State Park

— photo by Wendy Bowles

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Bird to Gird Pathway, Alaska

— photo by Susan Sommer

 

 

Bicycling — Resurrection Pass Trail, Alaska arrow

— Mountain biking on a rainy day in Chugach National Forest

— photo by Irene Lindquist

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

— photo by Ann Rexine

 

 

Water Trails — Wacissa Paddling Trail, Florida

— Kayaking through cypress swamps in the Aucilla Wildlife Management Area

— photo by Doug Alderson

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

— photo by Richard Warnick

 

 

Winter Trails — Resurrection Pass Trail, Alaska arrow

— Fat tire bikes on the snowy trail along Resurrection Creek, Chugach National Forest

— photo by Irene Lindquist

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Harbins Park Trail System, Gwinnett County, Georgia

— photo from Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation

 

 

Equestrian Trails — Mount Charleston Trail, Nevada

— In Spring Mountains National Recreation Area near Las Vegas

— photo by Liam Downs-Tepper, Nevada Conservation Corps

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

— photo by JoAnn Johnson

 

 

Accessible Trails — Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail arrow

— Accessible boating launch at Ochlockonee River State Park

— photo by Doug Alderson

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TRAIL MANAGEMENT

 

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Family bicycling on the Sacramento River Trail, Redding, California

— photo from Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

 

arrow Volunteers — Tunnel Hill Trail, Vienna, Illinois

— Local volunteers feed runners and volunteers on 50/100 mile run

— photo by Jonathan Voelz

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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

 

 

 

Trail Construction — Great Allegheny Passage near Markleton, PA arrow

— The Pinkerton Tunnel being rehabilitated with sections of metal liner

— photo by Mary Shaw

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

— photo by Sarina Lewis

 

 

arrow Trail Maintenance — Mount Charleston Trail, Nevada

— Nevada Conservation Corps crew member removes fire-damaged tree

— photo by Liam Downs-Tepper

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TRAIL FEATURES

 

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

— photo by Kimi Smith

 

 

Flora and Fauna — Big Dry Creek Trail in Westminster, Colorado

— Eagle and friends at Big Dry Creek Open Space

— photo by Mike Smith

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Trail signs along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, Massachusetts

— photo by Sarah Bierden

 

 

Scenery and Natural Features — Ozark Trail, Missouri arrow

— Top of Mina Sauk Falls in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

— photo by Mark Nettles

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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 — Ghost Town Trail, Pennsylvania

— A restored hopper car beside the trail at Rexis spur west of Vintondale, PA

— photo by Mary Shaw

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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 — Bizz Johnson Trail, California arrow

— Tunnel on the Bizz Johnson Trail, near Susanville, CA

— photo by Dana Buzzelli, International Youth Leadership Foundation

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

— photo from Copper Harbor Trails Club

 

 

 

Innovative Facilities — Catwalk Trail, New Mexico

— Cantilevered trail clings to cliffs in Whitewater Canyon, Gila National Forest

— photo by James Clayshulte for Bohannan Huston, Inc.

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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

 

 

Arts and Interpretation — Big Dry Creek Trail in Westminster, Colorado arrow

— Murals on trail underpass

— photo by Hans T. Reichgelt, Westminster Parks, Recreation, Libraries, and Open Space

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

— photo from Copper Harbor Trails Club

 

 

 

Artistic Merit — Ozark Trail, Missouri

— Early morning drizzle with boots luckily tucked just under the tent tarp

— photo by Jim Davis

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arrow See all the entries in the 2015 NRT photography contest

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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