2020 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 for 2020.

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 2020 in our Flickr gallery.

Trail Use Categories


Medina River Greenway in Texas
photo by Brandon Ross

Equestrian Trails

Middle Fork Trail in Oregon
photo by Kevin Rowell

Hiking and Walking

Tuxachanie Hiking Trail in Mississippi
photo by Trey Cranford

Paddling and Water Trails

Trinity River Paddling Trail in Texas
photo by Teresa Patterson

Winter Trails

Monon Greenway in Indiana
photo by Kelsey Pscheid

Trail Management Categories

Trail Work

Ozark Trail in Missouri
photo by Kathie Brennan

Youth and Volunteers

East Lakeshore Trail in Tennessee
photo by Bob Martin

Health and Fitness

Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail in Pennsylvania
photo by Cory Shoff

Trail Features Categories

Urban Trails and Greenways

Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail in Texas
photo by Emma Rogers

Rail and Canal Trails

Ghost Town Trail in Pennsylvania
photo by Cory Shoff

Historic Features

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

Scenery and Natural Features

El Toro in Puerto Rico
photo by Louis A. Santiago Brevan

Arts and Interpretation

Cumberland Valley Rail Trail in Pennsylvania
photo by Sherri Flohr

Innovative Facilities

Rim Rock Trail in Illinois
photo by Jonathan Voelz

Environmental Features, Flora, and Fauna

Lost Creek Nature Trail in Missouri
photo by Donna Kridelbaugh

Artistic Merit Categories

Trail as Photographic Inspiration

Goose Pond Colony Nature and Walking Trail in Alabama
photo by Donna Kridelbaugh