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2017 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 275 entries for 2017:

 

2017 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 — Fisher Towers Trail, Utah

— Halloween hikers on the Fisher Towers Trail near Moab managed by Burea of Land Management

— photo by Ashli Murdock, Moab BLM

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Bird to Gird Pathway, Alaska

— photo by Susan Sommer

 

 

Bicycling — Great Miami River Trail and Waterway, Ohio arrow

— Bicycling along flood wall murals in Dayton

— photo by Jim Crotty for Miami Conservancy District

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

— photo by Ann Rexine

 

 

Water Trails — Three Rivers Greenway, South Carolina

— Boaters viewing the solar eclipse on the West Columbia Riverwalk section of the Three Rivers Greenway in West Columbia, SC

— photo by Kelli Ricard

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

— photo by Richard Warnick

 

Winter Trails — Montour Trail, Pennsylvania arrow

— The National Tunnel accumulates great mounds of ice in the winter unless the tunnel is closed off. A trail group designed a solution based on the plastic strip curtains used on commercial coolers. At each end of the tunnel, two strip doors about 10’ apart create a temperature buffer that keeps the tunnel interior above freezing.

— photo copyright © 2017 by Mary Shaw

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Harbins Park Trail System, Gwinnett County, Georgia

— photo from Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation

 

 

Equestrian Trails — Holland Falls Trail, Montana

— Riding out of the Bob Marshall Wilderness on the Swan Lake Ranger District; the horse’s name is Lucky and he’s been working for the USFS for over ten years

— photo by Fischer Gangemi

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

— photo by JoAnn Johnson

 

 

Accessible Trails — Chief Ladiga Trail, Jacksonville, Alabama arrow

— Inclusive cycling trip on the Chief Ladiga Trail where individuals with and without disabilities can ALL participate and enjoy physical activity

— photo from Lakeshore Foundation/NCHPAD

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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 Youth and Volunteers — Mon River/Caperton Trail, West Virginia

—An ad-hoc volunteer work party of passing cyclists cuts up and removes a tree that had fallen, blocking the trail north of Morgantown, WV

— photo copyright © 2017 by Mary Shaw

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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 Work — South Kaibab Trail, Arizona arrow

— Conservation crew members from the American Conservation Experience at work on the South Kaibab Trail in the Grand Canyon

— photo copyright © Jessica Plance 2017

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Family bicycling on the Sacramento River Trail, Redding, California

— photo from Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

 

arrow Training and Education — Chewacla State Park Trail System, Alabama

— A school class on a guided hike to the waterfall at Chewacla State Park

— photo by Tasha Simon, Alabama State Parks

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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 Sharing —Metolius-Windigo Trail, Oregon arrow

— An equestrian and a hiker do a "meet and greet" on the multiuse backcountry trail

— photo by Kim McCarrel

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

— photo by Sarina Lewis

 

 

arrow Health and Fitness — Ridgeline Trail, Eugene, Oregon

— New stairs on the trail to the top of Spencer Butte have made the summit accessible for more families

— photo by Chris Pietsch

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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 — Wacissa River National Recreation Trail, Florida

— Purple gallinule, one of the most beautiful birds along our rivers and not often seen; along the paddling trail in the Aucilla Wildlife Management Area

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

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Trail signs along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, Massachusetts

— photo by Sarah Bierden

 

 

Scenery and Natural Features — Medina River Greenway, Texas arrow

— Switchbacks on the Medina River Greenway in San Antonio

— photo by Adelyn Alanis, San Antonio Parks & Recreation

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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 — Sackets Harbor Battlefield Trail, New York

— Ten discovery stations along the trail, staffed by interpreters teach visitors the chance to learn more about War of 1812 soldiers at the NY Historic Site History Trail.

— photo by Constance Barone

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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 — Youghiogheny River Trail, Pennsylvania arrow

— A tunnel of trees on the trail running north to northwest of Ohiopyle, PA

— photo by Julie A. Zeyzus

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Urban Trails and Greenways — Butler Hike and Bike Trail, Texas

— A young angler along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail on Ladybird Lake in downtown Austin

— photo by Chris Sheffield

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Arts and Interpretation — Big Dry Creek Trail, Colorado arrow

— New mural underway along the greenway in Westminster, CO

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

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Innovative Facilities — Wabash Trace Nature Trail, Iowa

— A real rest stop on the 63-mile rail trail through scenic southwest Iowa

— photo by Jim Schmid

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The trail as photographic inspiration — Poudre River Trail, Colorado arrow

— The trail bridge over the Cache la Poudre River at Lions Open Space in Laporte, CO

— photo by Hailey Groo, Poudre Heritage Alliance

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arrow See the winners and entries in the 2017 NRT photography contest

arrow See the winners and entries in the 2016 NRT photography contest

arrow See the winners and entries in the 2015 NRT photography contest

arrow See the winners and entries in the 2014 NRT photography contest

arrow See the winners and entries in the 2013 NRT photography contest

arrow See the winners and entries in the 2012 NRT photography contest

arrow See the winners and 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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