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American Trails Website Contest

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Award winners are entitled to use the "Winning Website" logo on their own sites


These are the winners of the 2008 American Trails Website Contest! See below for more great websites that were entered in this year's contest. American Trails continues the first-ever contest to seek out the best websites in the cyberworld of trails and greenways. We looked for sites that really make trails come alive, and provide effective information delivery, support volunteers, and engage the public. In short, we want to showcase ways that advocates and agencies are making a difference for trails. See Website Contest Rules...


Winning websites by category:

State agency site (for state trails program or trails in state parks)

~ Arizona State Trails Program provides many levels of information on trail resources for residents, land managers, trail advocates, and volunteers:

Trails on federal lands

~ Hiking in the Smokys provides in-depth trail information for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

Community trails system site (town or county or other local jurisdiction)

~ Portland Trails, ME, offers a timeline of the organization that has brought the 38-mile trail network to life, ecommerce activities to promote annual gifts, memberships, and the Portland Trails store, along with new multimedia offerings:

Trail organization or club website

~ Club Scrub supports Camp Murphy Off-Road Bicycle Trails and promotes volunteerism and adventure sports in Jonathan Dickinson State Park:

Personal site (for an individual who has developed a site on his or her own)

~ Shasta Cowgirls was created by Susie Gavigan to provide northern California newcomers as well as old hands with updated information on horse back riding opportunities:

Designated National Recreation Trail website

~ Alabama Scenic River Trail is a National Recreational Trail stretching 631 miles from the Georgia border to Fort Morgan on the Gulf of Mexico:

Presentation of plans and proposals (information or public involvement for a major trail project)

~ Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (MA) includes copious information and studies about rail trails, ways for people to get involved in this grass roots effort:

Education and trails training site

~ includes educational information on how to prevent weeds, where weed-free feeds can be found specifically for equestrian users:

Graphics and site design

~ Local Motion created a free, centralized database of trails and maps in Vermont as a collaboration of volunteers and trail managers:

Best use of photographs

~ Ontario Trails Council is a searchable database of 1,400 trails with details and photos that demonstrates the importance of the "trail economy" to the province:

Trail tour or virtual visit

~ Rambletown provides great trail graphics by combinining Google maps and Picasa web albums; go to and press on the play buttons beside the entries

Recognition and promotion of volunteerism

~ Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District delivers a great deal of information about open space and preserves, supports hundreds of volunteers, and engages the public in a wide variety of plans and projects:

Best site for kids and families

~ Stark County's (OH) Explore the Parks provides incentives for hiking the trails, attending programs, completing environmental service projects, and participating in other outdoor recreation:

Trail-related business or product

~ provide detailed multi-use trail information, all measured by GPS multiple times (including coordinates) and includes individual Trail Photo Galleries; sample page:

Travel and tourism site for trails

~ Cycling the Erie Canal: An Interactive Map & Guide promotes trail tourism and provides trail users with a unique trip-planning tool:

Promotion of trail courtesy and trail sharing

~ The goal of Stay The Trail is to create a statewide culture of responsible OHV use in Colorado and includes News, Where to Ride, and Trail Ethics:

Promoting trails for health and active living

~ WALKArlington, VA seeks to "get more people walking more of the time" with the Walkabout series, an events calendar, monthly e-newsletter, and promoting use of the community trail system:

Visit the great websites below which have been entered in the 2008 American Trails Website Contest:


~ Progressive Trail Design with lots of graphics, photos, and interactive features showcasing the company's trail design and construction work around the world:

~ Randy Martin's Trailscape Company promotes sustainable trails as a valuable part of housing developments and communities:

~ Hudson River School Art Trail is a designated a National Recreational Trail in New York:

~ Trails for Richmond Action Committee helps inform and motivate organizations and individuals to action in supporting completion of the San Francisco Bay Trail:

~ Gateway Trail Association volunteers help maintain the Trail which runs 20 miles from St. Paul, MN into rural countryside and "provides an active voice in the trail's development":

~ Walking All Reasons All Seasons is a source of walkability for the Vancouver, WA community and is increasing the capacity for pedestrian advocacy:

~ Trails Now is dedicated to the planning, acquisition, construction, and management of the El Dorado Trail from Sacramento County to Lake Tahoe:

~ Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club works for trails and public lands in Georgia:

~ Shuswap Trail Alliance encourages involvement in projects, volunteer efforts, and advocacy, and promotes support from government and private agencies:

~ NC Bartram Trail Society was formed in 1977 and has built and maintains over 80 miles of woodland trail in Nantahala National Forest of North Carolina; :

~ The Mountains of Wisconsin is a Touring Guide to the State's Highpoints,
Past, Present, & Future told in a graphic format:

~ San Diego River Park Foundation works for the creation of a river park system and the coordination of volunteer programs to improve the health of the river:

~ SEAtrails focuses on community and economic development through marketing a system of trails across SE Alaska with itineraries and transportation details:

~ New York City Water Trail provides interactive maps with GPS coordinates, pictures, information on currents, hazards, take-out points, and points of interest, and directions to facilities by car or transit:

~ National Geographic's Suwannee River Wilderness Trail website is an interactive showcase by a partnership between the Florida Park Service, the Suwannee River Water Management District, and the Florida National Scenic Trail:

~ Campbell Creek Interpretive Trail virtual tour promotes stewardship of the watershed; from Anchorage, AK, Salmon in the City initiative:

~ Discovery Green encourages visitors to download the Audio Tour to their iPod to help them discover the new park in downtown Houston:

~ Miami Conservancy District's Plan a Bike Trip encourages people to learn about trails in the five county area and to "Drive Less, Live More":

~ Ozark Trail Trip Planner highlight the trail opportunities with maps, photos, and lodging, and allows you to build custom trips and save them for later use:

~ Aboite New Trails involves the community in connecting 37 area neighborhoods, churches, schools, parks, and nature preserves in Fort Wayne, IN area:

~ covers all Omaha, NE trails with photos, an overall city-wide map, one-mile aerial segments with high resolution detail showing trail amenities, a trail news section, and discussion forum:

~ Trails of Anchorage, created by Robert J. Roberts, provides information and virtual tours of Anchorage, Alaska, trails:

~ Ouray Trail Group develops and maintains old mining trails in Ouray County, Colorado as well as providing snow trail information:

~ Community Hiking Club of Santa Clarita, CA provides a gateway for the community and a reminder to enjoy all the beauty around us:

~ City of San Jose's 100-mile trail network is supported by new website improvements in effective information delivery, supporting volunteers, and engaging the public:

~ City of Fayetteville Trails provides maps and distances to help guide people to the trails, construction updates on new trails, and plans for future trails:

~ Jacksonville Woodlands Association protects the cultural and natural heritage of historic Jacksonville, OR with its 13 miles of hiking and interpretive trails:

~ Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway is a recreation trail and greenway corridor extending
through 34 towns in Eastern Massachusetts:

~ Blackwater Heritage State Trail website promotes trail use and events and reaches out to potential volunteers through memberships and opportunities:

~ Freedom's Way Heritage Area joins cities and towns in MA and NH that have contributed toward this special landscape of American history:

~ Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway support restoration of this historic Oregon highway through Columbia River Gorge with new pedestrian and bicycle paths:

~ David's Trail is a memorial network of multiple-purpose trails surrounding U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Lake Norfork that will include accessible loops, graveled woodland sections, and lakeshore trails with natural surfaces:

~ Fairfax County Cross County Trail, a 41-mile urban trail/rail-trail, serves as the county's primary multi-use north/south trail:

~ Ohio to Erie Trail Fund provides maps that can be zoomed in and out so that trail users can create their own maps, print them, and head out to the trail:

~ Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail works to connect and maintain the 935-mile trail across North Carolina:

~ Overmountain Victory Trail Association promotes education and events along the Revolutionary War historic trail:

~ Oregon-California Trails Association features a Learning Center with educational resources, a Connection Center for uniting persons interested in the historic trail system, and a Preservation Center to support the organization’s mission:

~ Roanoke River Partners works to create a paddle/camping trail along the river and its creeks in the amazing water jungles of NC's coastal plain:

~ Clear Creek Project in Silverdale, WA includes stream sensitive trail development, stream restoration, and a public education campaign:

~ Lassen Land & Trails Trust acquired the 86 Mile Modoc Line Rail and works for a public trail system throughout Lassen County, CA:

~ Irvine Ranch Wildlands and Parks provides a site for the public and volunteers to share information and celebrate the importance of this urban conservation and recreation area:

~ Meriden Linear Trail Advisory Committee works for trails for recreation, education and enjoyment in Meriden, CT and in cooperation with the town of Wallingford:

~ Miami Valley RailTrails provides information on every mile of the 317 miles of multi-use trails in the Dayton, OH area, including almost 5,000 images of the trails:

~ Trails 2000 brought together local and feral data to create an "awesome web map" for trails in the Durango, CO area:

~ Greenways Equestrians posts events and volunteer work days on the Greenways in Ocala, FL vicinity, plus pictures and map information:

~ Foothill Trail Hounds work for planning and stewardship, as well as enjoying the trails system in in Amador County, CA:

~ Wyokies is Jim and Laurie Allshouse's site about bicycling the roadways and the trails around the country with travelogues and lots of photos:

~ Fredric Rice develops the Crystal Lake Recreation Area website which highlights the volunteer efforts of the San Gabriel Mountains Trailbuilders with dozens of project descriptions and hundreds of photos:

~ Ronald Strickland publishes Scenic Trails Research, trail books, and other trail topics on his website at:

~ Kevin Mims created Wahoohiker - Dispatches From The Woods to share Florida trails and adventures with others through video blogging:

~ Hoosier Mountain Bike Association provides all the details of Brown County State Park mountain biking trail system in Nashville, IN:

~ Nordic Walking USA is a blog from on Nordic Walking and snowshoeing with trail descriptions, information on equipment, clothing, and health benefits, :

~ Florida Trail Association volunteers build, maintain, protect, and promote the 1,400 mile Florida National Scenic Trail:

~ Florida Hikes! provides details on hiking opportunities throughout Florida, including maps, a robust user community, a monthly podcast, and trail videos:

~ Florida Paddling Trails Association,works to develop trail campsites, protect the environment along the trail and build the paddling community:

~ West Virginia Scenic Trails Association volunteers have a long-range goal of promoting and helping construct a statewide system of trails:

~ Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission provides water trail guides for 20 paddling waterways in the state:

~ Tennessee Greenways and Trails Program covers the state's trails efforts for trails:

~ Wyoming Trails covers Wyoming's State Trails Program with a Trails Inventory, safety and education, grants, and maps for snowmobile and OHV routes:

~ New Jersey Trails Association volunteers gather information and GPS data for trail guides and detailed, colorful maps that can be printed printed full-size:

~ provides a statewide trails database and maps, developed by the Great Basin Institute:

~ Darren Swanson created to provide a pleasing visual media of interlinked maps and trail descriptions for finding available trails throughout Alabama:

~ Jon Stanley maintains which is mapping trails in the Pacific Northwest for use not only by geocachers but all trail users:

~ TrailHeadFinder.Com is a free site linked to Google Directions for easy trailhead directions; anyone can submit a new trail, edit trail information, and submit photos:

~ ATVFan has one of the largest databases of ATV trails in the United States, free for anyone to use and includes trail photos, videos, maps, and user reviews:

~ allows access to newly digitized trail spatial data which RTC has collected for 12,000 miles of open rail-trails in the country:

What is the American Trails Website Contest?

Are you proud of your trail-related website? Or do you have a favorite you'd like to see recognized? Every year American Trails sponsors the only contest to seek out the best websites in the world of trails and greenways. For information on contest rules and procedures see the nominations page for this year's contest.

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