American Trails Website Contest


arrow Enter the 2011 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 winning websites, and below them are the rest of the sites nominated for the 2010 American Trails Website Contest. Visit these great Web sites for information, ideas, and inspiration.

CATEGORIES of WINNERS: 2010 American Trails Website Contest

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State programs and statewide trail organizations

~ Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance works for an interconnected statewide system of trails and greenways for recreation, health, transportation, economic development, and conservation.


Trails on federal lands

~ ProTrails is dedicated to building a database of GPS-verified trail maps along with many photos showcasing national parks and wilderness areas across the country.


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

~ Lewis County Community Trails is a lasting legacy for generations to come as the trail system links up with adjacent trail systems statewide.


Trail organization or club website

~ Rails to Trails Of The Withlacoochee is a citizen support organization helping Florida Office of Greenways and Trails develop, maintain and promote the 46 mile paved trail with adjacent unpaved equestrian trail.


Designated National Recreation Trail website

~ Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT) is a non-profit organization created by trail users to maintain the Ouachita National Recreation Trail in Arkansas.


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

~ Kevin Purdy's Trailsnet.com is a non-profit website that promotes promotes multi-purpose trails that are family friendly that are great for all ages and abilities throughout the U.S.


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

~ Parley's Rails, Trails and Tunnels Coalition works to create a multi-use trail system in Salt Lake City along I-80 via Parley's Creek Corridor and the Sugar House Rail Spur, from the foothills to the Provo-Jordan River greenway.


Education and stewardship

~ Trailkeepers of Oregon works to inspire action to protect and enhance the Oregon hiking experience through advocacy, stewardship, outreach and education.


Best use of photographs

~ Indiana Trails Community Website is sponsored by Hoosier Rails to Trails Council to share 20 years of experience in promoting and advocating for rail trails.


Trail finding and database site

~ Maine Trail Finder was launched by the Center for Community GIS in June, 2010, which allows users to search and display information and maps for a growing database of trails across the state of Maine.


Trail tour or virtual visit

~ Larapinta Trail is one of Australia's most spectacular bushwalking and trekking experiences running 223 km through rugged desert landscapes with access near Alice Springs.


Travel and tourism site for trails

~ VISIT FLORIDA Trails and Greenways brings together trail descriptions and maps with information about lodging, restaurants, outfitters and other travel related services.


Trails for health and active living

~ Go Play! Campaign of BikeNet in Billings, MT promotes health through activity and enjoyment of the Billings Trails and Park system with billboards, events, and education.


Kids and Trails

~ Pathways for Play helps communities create networks of shared use pathways, infused with play pockets, and usable by all for healthy recreation and non-motorized transportation.


Promotion of trail ethics and trail sharing

~ New Hampshire Mushers Association works to help maintain and promote safe and responsible trail usage for all dog-powered sports and activities.


Recognition and promotion of volunteerism

~ New York-New Jersey Trail Conference partners with parks and organizes volunteers to create, protect, and promote more than 1,700 miles of public trails.


Trail-related business or product

~ PermaTrak is an eco-friendly product often chosen as an alternative to wood for boardwalks and trails that need to be installed within a sensitive natural environment.




~ Keystone Trails Association works to provide, preserve, protect and promote recreational hiking trails and hiking opportunities in Pennsylvania

~ ExplorePAtrails.com is a quick and easy way to find water and land trails in Pennsylvania and provides a community resource for searching, mapping and sharing trails information statewide

~ MichiganTrailMaps.com has descriptions of Michigan trails and parks and is being developed by Jim DuFresne, author of several of trail guide books

~ Arizona Trail Association encourages and teaches volunteers to build and maintain the trail, to be trail passage stewards, and to do many other jobs

~ Northwest Trail Alliance is dedicated to creating, enhancing and protecting riding opportunities in NW Oregon and SW Washington through volunteer action

~ Illinois Trail Riders is an advocacy organization dedicated to helping horse people keep existing equestrian trails and camping facilities by working with planners and managers at the federal, state, and local levels

~ Musketawa Trail, a 25 mile paved, multi-use trail between Marne and Muskegon, Michigan, passes through farmlands and wetlands, over creeks, and through villages

~ Guide to Shenandoah National Park covers 110 hikes with many photos, maps, and detailed trail descriptions, all of which were updated by numerous volunteers and park staff

~ Kingdom Trails Association supports a a multiple-use trail system in northeast Vermont; the permission of 50 landowners and businesses make it all possible

~ The Trail Foundation of Austin, TX works to preserve and enhance the Trail at Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake Trail)

~ St. Margaret's Bay Area Rails to Trail Association invites you to hike, walk, jog, bicycle, horseback ride or cross country ski... on one of Nova Scotia's most scenic trails

~ Lackawanna Greenway and Lackawanna River Heritage Trail Feasibility Study includes a survey, maps, and information about the trail projects in the Scranton, PA area

~ Tigard Greenway Trail System Master Plan is underway by City of Tigard, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Metro

~ Prince George's County Parks and Recreation (MD) has maps and descripotions as well as tips for trail users

~ East Bay Regional Park District (CA) manages over 1,100 miles of trails and is the largest regional park district in the nation

~ Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition (VA) is dedicated to establishing and promoting a county wide system of trails and blueways that connect parks and communities

~ Buddy Bison encourages people to "connect your kids and families to nature" by visiingt America's national, state, and local parks, wildlife refuges, forests, and monuments

~ EZ Dock walkways allow easy access to woodlands, wetlands using large interconnecting, modular sections; EZ Trail is self-floating and can be suspended above vegetation during periods of low water

~ PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, education, and partnerships and infuses this learning into its complete family of brands

~ INVISTA’s CORDURA® fabric portfolio has expanded to include a variety of fabrics for various end-uses such as luggage, military, outdoor and workwear products

~ Rhino Marking and Protection Systems provides answers to all recreational area marking needs: * Trail Markers * Signs * Soil markers * Pavement markers

~ R.U. Outside offers unique, high-quality, versatile outdoor clothing and gear, and is staffed and operated by experts of both motorized and non-motorized outdoor equipment

~ Voss Signs, LLC produces a full line of stock signs and specializes in custom signs for various organizations and other natural resource professionals

~ Blue Ember Technologies provides security produts including MaxiForce Traffic Control Bollards, a complete and varied line of traffic control bollards for a wide range of applications

~ Arrowhead Trails, Inc. provides a variety of professional services for multiple-use trails, developing and managing natural surface trails; for mountain bikers, runners, hikers, equestrians, and skiers

~ Ditch Witch designs and manufactures underground construction equipment and is a one-stop source for trenchers, vibratory plows, pneumatic piercing tools, backhoes, and more

~ Biking.com is a resource for anything and everything bicycling, cycling and trail riding with over 10,000 biking and performance items, safety and performance tips


See links to winning websites and nominations in the American Trails Website Contest for 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2005-06 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002

Sponsored by:

      American Trails
      P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797
      Telephone: (530) 547-2060
      Fax: (530) 547-2035
      E-mail: trailhead@americantrails.org

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