Youth Conservation/Service Corps and Community Outreach


Superior Hiking Trail - Minnesota

Backpacker magazine rated the Superior Hiking Trail as one of the ten best in the Nation.

The Superior Hiking trail is a 210-mile long-distance hiking trail following the rocky ridgeline above Lake Superior on Minnesota's north shore. The trail connects sevens state parks, two state forests, county-owned lands, and the Superior National Forest. Featuring cascading rivers, backcountry lakes, and glorious maple and spruce-fir forests, the trail follows the spine of the old Sawtooth Mountains.

The trail would not be a reality without the dedicated young men and women of the Minnesota Conservation Corps (MCC), who have worked on the trail since 1992. With $30,000 RTP funds for development, and $166,500 RTP funds for maintenance over several years, the MCC has completed trail planning and layout, construction of tread, bridges, and boardwalk, and continued with repairing tread, brushing, and replacing bridges and boardwalk.

The MCC is currently constructing a 40-mile segment through Duluth. The MCC trail work provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities for young adults.

More winners of this award

2023: Statewide Conservation Trails Crew

2021: Evans Creek ORV Area

2020: Monadnock Trail Improvement Project

2019: Lassen Peak Trail

2018: Pole Mountain Trails - Wyoming

2017: Arizona Conservation Corps Mogollon Rim Ancestral Lands Trail Crew - Arizona

2016: Rock Creek Park Bridge Project - District of Columbia

2016: Utah Conservation Corps Bike Crew - Utah

2015: Iowa DNR Americorps Trail Crew - Iowa

2014: Alaska Trails Mobile Tool Trailers

2013: Leicester Hollow Loop Trail - Vermont

2012: Mount Yale Trail Realignment - Colorado

2011: Anchorage Hillside Singletrack Trail System - Alaska

2010: Hyde Park Heritage Greenway - New York

2009: North Bend Lake Equestrian Trail - West Virginia

2007: Continental Divide Trail Alliance Youth Corps

2006: Swallow Falls Trails and Muddy Creek Falls Overlook - Maryland

2004: North Fork I and II Trail Projects - Oregon

2003: North Fork Boise River Trail Rehabilitation - Idaho