WINNERS of the 2009
American Trails Website Contest

 

These are the winners of the 2009 American Trails Website Contest!

American Trails continues our annual contest to seek out the best websites in the cyberworld of trails and greenways. Our goal is to recognize the diversity of the trails community, including urban trails and bikeways, greenways, wilderness hiking trails, motorized routes, and winter trails. Non-profit, government, and commercial sites may all be considered for awards.

Following are the winners among the many websites nominated for the 2009 American Trails Website Contest.

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WINNING WEBSITES IN THE 2009 AMERICAN TRAILS WEBSITE CONTEST:


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

~ Minnesota Water Trails provides a list of water trails, maps, trip planning, water levels, safety, and recommended reading.

 

Trails on federal lands

~ NM Rails-to-Trails Association is a volunteer group working to convert abandoned railroad lines in the Sacramento Mountains of Southern New Mexico into multi-use, multi-access recreational trails, including saving historic trestles.

 

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

~ Clear Creek Trail: In the middle of Kitsap County’s (WA) most rapidly developing commercial area, Silverdale, the stream and its riparian area need to be preserved for future generations.

 

Trail organization or club website

~ Mulleyville Snowmobile Club (NY) provides a forum for stewardship and information on the NY state trail system with photos, trail updates, volunteer events.

 

Designated National Recreation Trail website

~ Cliff Walk National Recreation Trail along the eastern shore of Newport, RI is famous as a public access walk that combines the natural beauty of the shoreline with the architectural history of Newport's gilded age.

 

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

~ Mike's Hikes was created by Mike Molloy to provide complete information on trails, hiking, and snowshoeing with reports and photos in the Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Colorado area.

 

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

~ Friends of Lafitte Corridor is dedicated to preserving the open space of the Lafitte Corridor for use as a greenway, organized in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina gave special priority to rethinking the New Orleans landscape.

 

Education and training

~ Gwynns Falls Trail runs 15 miles along the Gwynns Falls stream to the Middle Branch and the Inner Harbor of the Patapsco River in Maryland and includes detailed graphics of all informational panels on display along the Trail.

 

Graphics and site design

~ York County Rail Trail Authority in Pennsylvania is a prime example of how a private business and a public agency can partner to provide exceptional trail information to the trail community.

 

Best use of photographs

~ Great Rivers Greenway District highlights projects in the River Ring, a 600-mile a region-wide system of greenways, parks and trails that will encircle the St. Louis and St. Charles County, Missouri region.

 

Trail finding and database site

~ UtahMountainBiking.com: Bruce Argyle has personally ridden, photographed, mapped and described in detail over 300 trails spanning the state of Utah.

 

Trail tour or virtual visit

~ Cumberland Trail will pass through 11 Tennessee counties on the eastern escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau; site includes a wealth of maps and trail descriptions for the long-distance hiker.

 

Travel and tourism site for trails

~ Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (PA) helps visitors on boat, bike or foot find trailheads and points of interest along all 165 miles of the path and tourist iinformation including "A Beer Drinker’s Guide to the Corridor."

 

Promotion of trail ethics and trail sharing

~ Ridge to Rivers website offers trail maps, routes, dog walking information, and trail conditions for the Boise, Idaho foothills and encourages responsible trail use during the wet winter months.

 

Accessible trails

~ Wisconsin State Parks, Trails, and Forests provides details of many of the 650 miles of trails that are accessible to wheelchair users and others with mobility impairments.

 

Recognition and promotion of volunteerism

~ East Bay Regional Park District (CA) supports a program that includes Trail Maintenance Volunteers, Public Safety Volunteers, Regional Parks Ambassadors, and Habitat Restoration Volunteers.

 

Health and exercise

~ Albuquerque Prescription Trails Pilot Program provides prescriptions for walking and wheelchair rolling and a walking guide that suggests trail routes with number of steps; maps and directions to trails by zip code, and bus route access.

 

Trail-related business or product

~ Loris and Associates, Inc. provides many examples of design solutions for urban corridors and shared-use paths, as well as mountain trails, with bridges, retaining walls, underpasses, and other facilities.

 

ENTRIES IN THE 2009 AMERICAN TRAILS WEBSITE CONTEST


State - Federal - Community - Organization - National Recreation Trail - Personal - Planning - Photos - Graphics - Education - Families - Tourism - Trail Tour - Find a Trail - Ethics and Sharing - Volunteerism - Accessibility - Business

 

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

~ New York State Canalway Trail System is a network of 260 miles of multi-use, recreational trails including segments adjacent to the waterways of the historic original canals of the early 1800s.

~ Maryland Water Trails and Public Access Program works with project partners and agencies to develop and promote water trails and public waterway access sites.

~ Massachusetts DCR's Greenways and Trails Program provides publications, a monthly email newsletter, and other resources to help communities and Recreational Trails grant applicants.

~ Minnesota Water Trails provides a list of water trails, maps, trip planning, water levels, safety, and recommended reading.

 

Trails on federal lands

~ NM Rails-to-Trails Association is a volunteer group working to convert abandoned railroad lines in the Sacramento Mountains of Southern New Mexico into multi-use, multi-access recreational trails, including saving historic trestles.

~ River to River Trail Society is a volunteer group supporting the River to River Trail through the Shawnee National Forest of Illinois.

~ Friends of the Tuskegee National Forest hosts "Happy Trails Hikes" for kids and works with local community leaders to showcase the Tuskegee Forest to bring eco-tourism and new dollars to the local economy.

~ Moosalamoo Region (VT) includes trail systems in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area and the Green Mountain National Forest from the western slopes of the Green Mountains to Lake Dunmore.

~ Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association (CO) promotes trails that are environmentally sound and socially responsible, and advocates for appropriate access and to promote cohesion among trail users.

 

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

~ Holmes County Trail, the first in the nation to accommodate Amish buggies, now has 15 miles of its 29-mile trail open from Fredericksburg to Killbuck, Ohio.

~ Bruce Grey Trail Network includes details of 65 trails in Bruce and Grey Counties (Ontario) with a multitude of trail experiences available, from snowmobile trails, bike paths and walking trails along Lake Huron and Georgian Bay shorelines.

~ Clear Creek Trail: In the middle of Kitsap County’s (WA) most rapidly developing commercial area, Silverdale, the stream and its riparian area need to be preserved for future generations.

~ Sisters Trails Alliance is a community wide, non-motorized trail system serving to connect downtown Sisters (OR), schools, neighborhoods and the regional trails within the Deschutes National Forest.

~ Trail Mix, Inc. is a non-profit organization in Juneau, Alaska that brings together volunteers and local, state, and federal agencies to develop and maintain a trail system in the City & Borough of Juneau.

~ Chautauqua County Trail System in the western-most part of New York State supports volunteers who maintain over 200 miles of scenic snow trails, which are linked to local service businesses and other clubs in the county.

 

Trail organization or club website

~ Essex County Trail Association exists to preserve, protect and maintain trails. Our web site contains trail descriptions with custom downloadable maps, plus regularly updated news, event information, trail alerts and more

~ Olympic Discovery Trail will ultimately stretch approximately 100 miles from Port Townsend at the East end to the Pacific Coast at the West end.

~ Illinois Trail Riders is dedicated to helping horse people keep existing equestrian trails and camping facilities in Illinois

~ Action Coalition for Equestrians works to preserve and expand the availability of Northern California public trails for equestrian use.

~ Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club invites you to join us in caring for our footpaths, in exploring and learning about nature on our group hikes and in helping to preserve and conserve our trail lands

~ Mulleyville Snowmobile Club provides a forum for stewardship and information on the NY state trail system with photos, trail updates, volunteer events.

~ Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition seeks to promote and protect the long distance foot trails of the Southeast and to connect trail corridors by building a regional trail system and an active network of hiking organizations.

~ Grand Valley Trails Association is a volunteer organization working for footpaths and promoting the protection and public enjoyment of the natural environment and human history of this Canadian Heritage River.

 

Designated National Recreation Trail website

~ Friends of the Ouachita Trail is a non-profit created by trail users to provide assistance for the maintenance, enhancement, and use of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail as a healthy and enjoyable outdoor recreational asset.

~ Friends of the Hackensack River Greenway support and encourage the conservation and enjoyment of the Hackensack River Greenway through Teaneck, NJ.

~ Joyce Kilmer National Recreation Trail is a journey back in time through a magnificent forest with towering trees as old as 400 yearsin this remnant of the original Appalachian forest.

~ Cliff Walk National Recreation Trail along the eastern shore of Newport, RI is famous as a public access walk that combines the natural beauty of the shoreline with the architectural history of Newport's gilded age.

 

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

~ Rimsurfer's goal is to be Arizona's top trails photo gallery review and adventure resource for the Prescott National Forest, Tonto National Forest and surrounding central and northern Arizona.

~ Trailville.com seeks to document and share information by using the concept of a Wiki to build in the ability for others to document and share their local trails information.

~ CNY Hiking was created by Edmund Ressler to assist fellow hikers find maps and information on hiking trails in Central New York as well as many other places.

~ Mike's Hikes was created by Mike Molloy to provide complete information on trails, hiking, and snowshoeing with reports and photos in the Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Colorado area.

 

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

~ Friends of Lafitte Corridor is dedicated to preserving the open space of the Lafitte Corridor for use as a greenway, organized in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina gave special priority to rethinking the New Orleans landscape.

~ Dutchess County Trails includes the public in the county's planning process and provides information on progress through Construction Updates, Project Schedules, Project Reports, Plans, and photo galleries.

~ Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake Proposed Plan: The City of Austin, TX is considering a plan that would close the southeastern gap of the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail.

~ Chelatchie Prairie Rail with Trail Corridor Study considers 33 miles of possible rail with trail in Washington state that would accommodate walking, biking, and horseback riding.

~ Carolina Thread Trail is a regional network of greenways and trails that will reach 15 counties and 2.3 million citizens in North Carolina.

~ Heritage Trail Plan for the Greater Billings (MT) Non-Motorized Trail System.

 

Education and training

~ Trail to Every Classroom aims to increase student literacy and foster understanding of, and appreciation for, the public lands along the Appalachian Trail.

~ Gwynns Falls Trail runs 15 miles along the Gwynns Falls stream to the Middle Branch and the Inner Harbor of the Patapsco River in Maryland and includes detailed graphics of all informational panels on display along the Trail.

~ Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers work to educate trail users on responsibility and respect of all trail users, and promotes the design and maintenance of environmentally and socially sustainable trails.

 

Graphics and site design

~ York County Rail Trail Authority in Pennsylvania is a prime example of how a private business and a public agency can partner to provide exceptional trail information to the trail community.

~ Alta Planning + Design site is designed to be a public service site hosting many project websites, planning and design resources, example plans, current affairs and news regarding funding and innovations

~ Omaha Trails aims to be "The Most Comprehensive Source for Trail Information in the City of Omaha" and includes many resources in a clean, easy-to-navigate style.

 

Best use of photographs

~ Collingwood Trails Network includes a wealth of photos to promote recreation on its 80 km of trails, alternative transportation methods, and community opportunities for pro-active health.

~ Shoreline Greenway Trail will run twenty-five miles along the coast of Connecticut, and includes slide shows for each of the towns it runs through.

~ Great Rivers Greenway District highlights projects in the River Ring, a 600-mile a region-wide system of greenways, parks and trails that will encircle the St. Louis and St. Charles County, Missouri region.

~ Palisades Interstate Park - New Jersey Section includes a section of the Long Path and has small photos that can be enlarged on every page and topic of the website.

 

Trail finding and database site

~ UtahMountainBiking.com: Bruce Argyle has personally ridden, photographed, mapped and described in detail over 300 trails spanning the state of Utah.

~ San Diego Hiking Trails is a free resource where you can find trail maps, photos and reviews for hikes in the San Diego area.

~ Hiking Forums.net provides discussion on many topics, trail details, photos, and resources for hiking and backpacking.

~ Ontario Trails Council Find a Trail A-Z has a seemingly limitless catalogue of trails "whether it's cycling through Niagara's wine country, trekking through Algonquin Park, or going for an ATV ride north of Superior."

 

Trail tour or virtual visit

~ Outdoor Travels reviews trails all over the state of Florida as well as the nation and other countries and includes trail snapshots as well as many photos.

~ RealND.com hosts over 1000 interactive virtual tours including trails and bridges along the Missouri River.

~ Cumberland Trail will pass through 11 Tennessee counties on the eastern escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau; site includes a wealth of maps and trail descriptions for the long-distance hiker.

 

Travel and tourism site for trails

~ Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor helps visitors on boat, bike or foot find trailheads and points of interest along all 165 miles of the path and tourist iinformation including "A Beer Drinker’s Guide to the Corridor."

~ San Jose Trails System website seeks to be the first and best place to find data targeted to the visitor seeking to walk or bike; San Jose is ranked as the nation’s 19th Best Walking City by Prevention Magazine.

~ Hatfield-McCoy Trails in WV provides a wide range of information about the communities, businesses, accomodations, and attractions of the area as well as the trail system.

 

Promotion of trail ethics and trail sharing

~ Ridge to Rivers website offers trail maps, routes, dog walking information, and trail conditions for the Boise foothills and encourages responsible trail use during the wet winter months.

~ Friends of Jawbone helps by providing area riders with information on where it is legal to ride, and has published trail maps of the area and made them available for purchase through the Jawbone Canyon Visitors Center.

~ Georgia Pinhoti Trail Association promotes safe, environmentally sound multi-use trails shared by hikers, equestrians, and off-road bicyclists in cooperation with the trail volunteers, organizations, and land managers.

~ California Trail Users Coalition provides a forum for all trail users to discuss issues and solutions; to assist in plannin gand maintenance of trails; and to develop education and etiquette programs.

 

Accessible trails

~ Beneficial Designs works towards universal access through research, design, and education to enhance the quality of life for people of all abilities.

~ Massachusetts State Parks and Forests provides details of Accessible Trails (either paved or stone dust) and Assessed Trails (dirt hiking trails that offer a more rugged experience). Maps include grades, cross slopes, trail surfaces, and obstacles.

~ Wisconsin State Parks, Trails, and Forests provides details of many of the 650 miles of trails that are accessible to wheelchair users and others with mobility impairments.

~ City of Phoenix has a descriptions and photos of accessible trails through Sonoran Desert habitat of the desert and mountain preserve system.

 

Recognition and promotion of volunteerism

~ Shelton Trails Committee Blog helps the Shelton Trails Committee promote volunteer trail construction and maintenance and increase public participation in open space management in the Shelton, CT area.

~ West Virginia Scenic Trails Association volunteers built and maintains the Allegheny Trail and its long-range goal is to promote and help construct a statewide system of trails.

~ Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy, Inc. is a non-profit organization run completely by volunteers. This organization is dedicated to the development of the largest recreational trail facility in the state of Kansas which includes two connecting rail-trails

~ The Goethe Trail, Inc. is dedicated to nature-based equine tourism and promotes volunteer maintenance for the shared use trail system at Goethe State Forest in Levy County, FL.

~ East Bay Regional Park District (CA) supports a program that includes Trail Maintenance Volunteers, Public Safety Volunteers, Regional Parks Ambassadors, and Habitat Restoration Volunteers.

 

Health and exercise

~ Healthy Shasta promotes active living, walking, and biking in the Redding, CA area.

~ Albuquerque Prescription Trails Pilot Program provides prescriptions for walking and wheelchair rolling and a walking guide that suggests routes in our community

~ Greenways for Oldham County (KY) works for the creation of trails and greenway corridors, parks, and preserves; one key goal is "to provide safe trails and greenways to provide all citizens an accessible outlet for fitness and wellness."

 

Trail-related business or product

~ Loris and Associates, Inc. specializes in urban corridors and shared-use paths as well as mountain trails, bridges, retaining walls, underpasses, and other facilities.

~ IPM Docks and Boardwalk Systems are constructed with maintenance free materials and easily adapt to floating or stationary use or a combination of both.

~ E.T. Techtonics provides fiberglass pedestrian and trail bridges that offer an environmentally sensitive solution to many types of crossing applications.

~ Professional Trailbuilders Association is North America’s largest private sector group of trail specialists, professional trail contractors, designers, and consultants. Site includes many examples of trail design and development.

~ Trail Food Express: One stop shopping for all your Backpacking and Trail Food needs. We have many Gluten Free and Meatless selections.

~ Arrowhead Trails, Inc. specializes in the planning and development of multiple-use trail systems for bicyclists, runners, hikers, and equestrians.

~ Morton Trails plans, designs, and oversees the construction of four-season trail systems for recreational and competitive uses.

~ Asphalt Systems Inc. has evolved from an asphalt paving company of 30 years to a separate subsidiary that has dedicated itself to asphalt preservation for the past 15 years.

~ Stabilizer Solutions specializes in natural soil binders, manufactured soil amendments, and fiber reinforced sport, recreational, and landscape surfaces for projects world-wide.

~ MaxiForce Traffic Control Bollards manufactures a wide variety of collapsible, removable, fixed, lighted and concealable bollards.

~ TrafficGuard Direct manufactures manually operated removable and collapsible bollards to assist in providing security to stop unwanted vehicle access to paths and trails.

 

Enter the 2010 American Trails Website Contest by December 15, 2010:

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