2017 NRT Photo Contest

American Trails sponsors the annual Photo Contest for designated National Recreation Trails. In celebration of these great trails we are presenting awards in several categories to highlight the diversity of NRTs, from backcountry trails to urban greenways. Here are our picks from the 275 entries for 2017:

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Trail Use Categories


Chief Ladiga Trail in Alabama
photo by Lakeshore Foundation/NCHPAD


Great Miami River Recreation Trail in Ohio
photo by Jim Crotty for Miama Conservancy District

Equestrian Trails

Holland Falls Trail in Montana
photo by Fischer Gangemi

Hiking and Walking

Fisher Towers Trail in Utah
photo by Ashli Murdock

Paddling and Water Trails

Three Rivers Greenway in South Carolina
photo by Kelli Ricard

Winter Trails

Montour Trail in Pennsylvania
photo by Mary Shaw (c)

Trail Management Categories

Trail Sharing

Metolius-Windigo Trail in Oregon
photo by Kim McCarrell

Training and Education

Chewacla State Park Trail System in Alabama
photo by Tasha Simon, Alabama State Parks

Trail Work

South Kaibab Trail in Arizona
photo by Jessica Plance © 2017

Youth and Volunteers

Mon River / Caperton / Deckers Creek Trails in West Virginia
photo by Mary Shaw (c)

Health and Fitness

Ridgeline Trail in Oregon
photo by Chris Pietsch

Trail Features Categories

Urban Trails and Greenways

Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail in Texas
photo by Chris Sheffield

Historic Features

Sackets Harbor Battlefield History Trail in New York
photo by Constance Barone

Scenery and Natural Features

Medina River Greenway in Texas
photo by Adelyn Alanis, San Antonio Parks & Recreation

Arts and Interpretation

Big Dry Creek Trail in Colorado
photo by Hans T. Reichgelt, Westminster Parks, Recreation, Libraries, and Open Space

Innovative Facilities

Wabash Trace Nature Trail in Iowa
photo by Jim Schmid

Environmental Features, Flora, and Fauna

Aucilla River Trail in Florida
photo by Doug Alderson, FL Office of Greenways and Trails

Artistic Merit Categories

Trail as Photographic Inspiration

Poudre River Trail Corridor in Colorado
photo by Hailey Groo, Poudre Heritage Alliance