Trail Worker Award

This award recognizes an individual that has made outstanding contributions and provided consistent support for trail planning, development, or maintenance. It is intended to recognize the efforts of a private or public sector individual working for enhanced trail recreation on either the local, state, or national level.


Delaware: Thomas "Chip" Kneavel

Chip Kneavel lives his passion for trails each and every day as Trail Crew Chief for Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation.

Before his tenure with the state Chip spend six months through hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Love for wild places, interest in how things work, and his inquisitive nature lead him to apply for an opening on the trail crew for Delaware. For eight years now Chip has worked for the Division designing, constructing, and maintaining trails. His desire to learn, ability to teach, and willingness to help others has helped to highlight Delaware as a leader in sustainable trail design and construction.

Chip has also volunteered as a team leader for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy on maintenance projects for many years. Gathering information, being exposed to different ecosystems and innovative ways to work through trail challenges, and experiencing new trails wherever and whenever keeps Chip at the forefront of the trail design and development.