2018 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 136 entries for 2018.

NOTE: you may link to these pages and photos but unauthorized copying is forbidden: all rights reserved to the photographers who provided these photos.


View all entries from 2018 in our Flickr gallery.

Trail Use Categories


Guadalupe River Trail in California
photo by Yves Zsutty


Leon Creek North Greenway in Texas
photo by Brandon Ross

Equestrian Trails

South Kaibab Trail in Arizona
photo by I-Ting Chiang

Hiking and Walking

Corona Arch Trail in Utah
photo by Valerie A. Russo

Off-Highway Vehicle Riding

Blacktail - Wild Bill in Montana
photo by Eric Davis

Paddling and Water Trails

Apalachicola River Paddling Trail System in Florida
photo by Doug Alderson, FL Office of Greenways and Trails


Two Top Snowmobile Trail in Montana
photo by Allyson Orange

Trail Management Categories

Training and Education

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

Trail Features Categories

Urban Trails and Greenways

Paseo del Morro in Puerto Rico
photo by Lewis E. Gorman III

Rail and Canal Trails

Hennepin Canal Parkway in Illinois
photo by Dave Druen

Historic Features

Carlyle Lake Multi-Use Trail in Illinois
photo by Jeff M. Smith

Scenery and Natural Features

Wilson's Creek Greenway in Missouri
photo by Allin Sorenson

Arts and Interpretation

Big Dry Creek Trail in Colorado
photo by Hans Reichgelt

Innovative Facilities

Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail in Florida
photo by Doug Alderson

Environmental Features, Flora, and Fauna

Congress Trail in California
photo by I-Ting Chiang

Artistic Merit Categories

Trail as Photographic Inspiration

Path of the Flood Trail in Pennsylvania
photo by Lance Harshbarger