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2012 NRT Photo Contest Winners

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Great photos of America's National Recreation Trails

See all 2012 entries: Gallery 1 - Gallery 2 - Gallery 3 - Gallery 4 - Gallery 5- Gallery 6 - Gallery 7 - Gallery 8 - Gallery 9 - Gallery 10

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:

 

2012 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 people walking

Backpackers on the Pinhoti Trail, Alabama

-- photo by Callie Thornton

 

 

Hiking and Walking -- Pinhoti Trail

-- Backpackers on the Talladega National Forest, Alabama

-- photo by Callie Thornton

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Bicyclists on the George S. Mickelson Trail in South Dakota's Black Hills

-- photo by Brooke Smith

 

 

Bicycling -- George S. Mickelson Trail arrow

-- Bicycling in the Black Hills of South Dakota

-- photo by Brooke Smith

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Floating platform campsites on Alabama State Lands Bartram Canoe Trail in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Baldwin County, AL

-- photo from AL Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources

 

 

Water Trails -- Alabama State Lands Bartram Canoe Trail

-- Floating platform campsites on the water trail in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Baldwin County, Alabama

-- photo from AL Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources

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The waterfowl are gone and the plants, animals, and invertebrates are tucked away for the winter, yet Raymond Brook Marsh remains a scenic highlight of the Air Line Trail for those intrepid skiers and snowshoers who venture out

-- photo by Stan Malcolm

 

 

Winter Trails -- Air Line Trail, Connecticut arrow

-- Raymond Brook Marsh in winter is a scenic highlight of the trail for those intrepid skiers and snowshoers who venture out

-- photo by Stan Malcolm

photo of pack horses

Bright Angel Trail, south rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

-- photo by Fiana Shapiro

 

 

arrow Equestrian Trails -- Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

-- South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

-- photo by Fiana Shapiro

 

TRAIL MANAGEMENT

 

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New accessible, waterless rest room at trailhead near Fort Payne, Alabama, on the DeSoto State Park Trail System

-- photo by Rob Grant

 

 

Accessibility -- DeSoto State Park Trail System

-- New accessible, waterless rest room at trailhead near Fort Payne, Alabama

-- photo by Rob Grant

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Lower Cache River Trail is part of a cooperative effort called the Cache River Wetlands Joint Venture Partnership in Pulaski County, IL

-- photo by Jonathan Voelz

 

 

Education and Interpretation -- Lower Cache River Trail arrow

-- Environmental education kiosk by Cache River Wetlands Joint Venture Partnership, Illinois

-- photo by Jonathan Voelz

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On the Fremont National Recreation Trail #160 in Fremont National Forest, Oregon

-- photo by Lane & Linda Thomas

 

 

arrow Trail Work -- Fremont National Recreation Trail #160, Oregon

-- Packing in tools and supplies for trail work with pack stock

-- photo by Lane & Linda Thomas

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Montour Trail Airport Connector at Pittsburgh International Airport, PA

-- photo by Mary Shaw

 

 

Trail Safety -- Montour Trail, Pennsylvaniaarrow

-- Flashing lights protect the crossing of the airport access road on the Montour Trail Airport Connector

-- photo by Mary Shaw

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Volunteer checking nesting boxes along the Withlacoochee State Trail in Inverness, Florida

-- photo by Heather Nagy

 

 

arrow Volunteers and Youth -- Withlacoochee State Trail

-- Volunteer checking bluebird nesting boxes along the trail in Inverness, Florida

-- photo by Heather Nagy

 

TRAIL FEATURES

 

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Guadalupe River Trail near San Jose International Airport

-- photo from photo from Yves Zsutty, San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services

 

 

Urban Trails and Greenways -- Guadalupe River Trail arrow

-- Along the trail near San Jose International Airport, California

-- photo from City of San Jose, Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services

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Climbing turns on the paved Medina River Greenway in San Antonio, Texas

-- photo by Jody Castro

 

 

 

Innovative Facilities -- Medina River Greenway, Texas

-- Climbing turns, rather than switchbacks, on the paved trail

-- photo by Julia Diana Murphy

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Two 18-foot metal steelworkers stand beside the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Pittsburgh, PA

-- photo by Mary Shaw

 

 

Art on the Trail -- Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Pennsylvaniaarrow

-- Two 18-foot steel sulptures made of scrap metal

-- photo by Mary Shaw

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Bodie Island Lighthouse on North Carolina's Mountains To Sea Trail, Dare County, NC

-- photo by Jonathan Canfield

 

 

 

Historic Features -- Mountains To Sea Trail

-- Bodie Island Lighthouse, North Carolina

-- photo by Jonathan Canfield

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The Ghost Run is a half marathon that follows the Air Line from Hebron to East Hampton, Connecticut

-- photo by Stan Malcolm

 

 

Health and Fitness -- Air Line Trail arrow

-- Runners on the trail near Hebron, Connecticut

-- photo by Stan Malcolm

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Fall color on Tunnel Hill State Trail, Illinois

-- photo by Jonathan Voelz

 

 

Rail and Canal Trails -- Tunnel Hill State Trail

-- A former railroad in Johnson County, southernmost Illinois

-- photo by Jonathan Voelz

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Fall scenery along the Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail, Georgia

-- photo by Patricia Mobley

 

 

Scenery and Natural Features -- Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail arrow

-- Fall color in Little Mulberry Park, Dacula, Georgia

-- photo by Patricia Mobley

photo of white bird

Near Stevensville, Montana along the Lee Metcalf NWR Wildlife Viewing Trail

-- photo by Kimi Smith

 

 

Flora and Fauna -- Lee Metcalf NWR Wildlife Viewing Trail

-- Owl at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, Montana

-- photo by Kimi Smith


 


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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