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2011 NRT Photo Contest Winners

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Great photos of America's National Recreation Trails

See all 2011 entries: Gallery 1 - Gallery 2 - Gallery 3 - Gallery 4 - Gallery 5 - Gallery 6 - Gallery 7 - Gallery 8 - Gallery 9 - Gallery 10 - Gallery 11 - Gallery 12 - Gallery 13 - Gallery 14 -

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 275 entries for 2011:

 

2011 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

 

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Members of the Birmingham Audubon Society hike the Chief Ladiga Trail in the Piedmont, Alabama area

-- photo by John Morgan

 

 

Hiking and Walking -- Chief Ladiga Trail

-- Members of the Birmingham Audubon Society hike the Chief Ladiga Trail in the Piedmont, Alabama area

-- photo by John Morgan

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Western Maryland Scenic RR takes bikes on their train, Mountain Thunder, to Frostburg, PA. Riders then coast back to Cumberland, MD.

-- photo by Mary Shaw

 

 

Bicycling -- Unloading for the Great Allegheny Passage arrow

-- Riders take their bikes on the Western Maryland Scenic RR and ride back to Cumberland, MD on the Great Allegheny Passage NRT

-- photo by Mary Shaw

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Sunrise at the campsite with kayaks on the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail

-- photo by Doug Alderson

 

 

Water Trails -- Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail

-- Sunrise at the campsite with kayaks on Segment 5, Crooked River/St. Marks Refuge

-- photo by Doug Alderson

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Winter riding on the trails in Minooka Park near Jemison, AL

-- photo by Mark Alexander

 

 

Off-Highway Vehicle Routes -- Minooka Park Trail System arrow

-- Winter riding on the Minooka Park National Recreation Trail System near Jemison, AL

-- photo by Mark Alexander

photo of pack horses

Volunteers packing in chain saws on the Metolious-Windigo National Recreation Trail, Deschutes National Forest, OR

-- photo by Lane Thomas

 

 

arrow Equestrian Trails -- Metolious-Windigo National Recreation Trail

-- Volunteers packing in tools in the Many Lakes area, Deschutes National Forest, Bend Fort Rock Ranger District, OR

-- photo by Lane Thomas

 

TRAIL MANAGEMENT

 

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Accessible wildlife viewing area on Wetland Wonders Walk from James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Brigham City, UT

-- photo by Roxie Crouch

 

 

Accessibility -- Wetland Wonders Walk (US Fish & Wildlife Service)

-- Accessible viewing areas on the trail from James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Brigham City, UT

-- photo by Roxie Crouch

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Environmental education signs about the butterfly sanctuary along the Eastern Shore National Recreation Trail, Fairhope, Alabama

-- photo by Sherry Sullivan

 

 

Education and Interpretation -- Eastern Shore Trail arrow

-- Environmental education signs about the butterfly sanctuary along the Eastern Shore National Recreation Trail, Fairhope, Alabama

-- photo by Sherry Sullivan

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Volunteers cutting downfall logs in the Many Lakes area on Metolious-Windigo Trail, Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District, Oregon

-- photo by Linda Thomas

 

 

arrow Trail Work -- Metolious-Windigo Trail

-- Volunteers cutting downfall logs in the Many Lakes area, Deschutes National Forest, on the Bend - Fort Rock Ranger District, Oregon

-- photo by Linda Thomas

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Equestrians and cyclist meet on the Richard Martin National Recreation Trail, Elkmont, Alabama

-- photo by Kari Kirby

 

 

Trail Sharing -- Richard Martin Trail arrow

-- Equestrians and cyclist meet on the Richard Martin National Recreation Trail, Elkmont, Alabama

-- photo by Kari Kirby

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Sign promoting volunteers who work on trail development and maintenance on the Montour Trail, Pennsylvania

-- photo by Mary Shaw

 

 

arrow Volunteers and Youth -- Montour National Recreation Trail

-- The Montour Trail in Pennsylvania makes outstanding use of volunteers in all aspects of trail development and maintenance.

-- photo by Mary Shaw

 

TRAIL FEATURES

 

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Guadalupe River Trail near downtown San Jose, CA

-- photo by Yves Zsutty

 

 

Urban Trails and Greenways -- Guadalupe River Trail arrow

-- Guadalupe River Trail on San Jose, California's National Recreation Trail system

-- photo by Yves Zsutty

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Downtown Bike Station on Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Heritage Trail provides rentals, bike service, and a rest stop plus a summer misting fountain.

-- photo by Mary Shaw

 

 

 

Innovative Facilities -- Three Rivers Heritage Trail

-- Downtown Bike Station in Pittsburgh provides rentals and bike service as well as a rest stop and (in summer) a misting fountain.

-- photo by Mary Shaw

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Sculptures created by local artist and coal miner Tim Tingle on the Montevallo Greenway National Recreation Trail, Montevallo, AL

-- photo by Andrew Cost

 

 

Art on the Trail -- Montevallo Greenway arrow

-- Sculptures created by local artist and coal miner Tim Tingle on the Montevallo Greenway National Recreation Trail, Montevallo, AL

-- photo by Andrew Cost

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Historic Depot on the Citronelle National Recreation Trail, Citronelle, AL

-- photo by Rob Grant

 

 

 

Historic Features -- Citronelle National Recreation Trail

-- Historic Depot on the Citronelle National Recreation Trail, Citronelle, AL

-- photo by Rob Grant

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Riverfest walking participants on the Berg and Animas Parks Trail System along the Animas River, Farmington, NM

-- photo by Jody Carman

 

 

Health and Fitness -- Berg and Animas Parks Trail System arrow

-- Riverfest walking participants on the trail along the Animas River, Farmington, NM

-- photo by Jody Carman

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New covered bridge built on the abutments of former railroad on Richard Martin National Recreation Trail, Elkmont, AL

-- photo by Beth McCreless

 

 

Rail and Canal Trails -- Richard Martin Trail

-- New covered bridge built on the abutments of former railroad on Richard Martin National Recreation Trail, Elkmont, AL

-- photo by Beth McCreless

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The Eno River along North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail in Eastern Eno River State Park

-- photo by Jonathan Canfield

 

 

Scenery and Natural Features -- Mountains-to-Sea Trail arrow

-- The Eno River along North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail in Eastern Eno River State Park

-- photo by Jonathan Canfield

photo of white bird

A male Snowy Egret trying to attract a mate along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, AL

-- photo by Rick Sherman

 

 

Flora and Fauna -- Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

-- A male Snowy Egret trying to attract a mate along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, AL

-- photo by Rick Sherman

photo of firelight

Backpackers' campfire lights up the trees in the Bureau of Land Management's King Range National Conservation Area

-- photo by Spencer Cross

 

 

Artistic Inspiration -- Lost Coast Trail, California arrow

Backpackers' campfire lights up the trees in the Bureau of Land Management's King Range National Conservation Area

-- photo by Spencer Cross


 

 


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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