2022 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 2022 from a record 591 photo submissions.

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 2022 in our Flickr gallery.

Trail Use Categories


Historic Columbia River Hwy State Trail in Oregon
photo by Patrick Stark, US Fish and Wildlife Service


East Bay Skyline Trail in California
photo by Austin McInerny

Equestrian Trails

Resurrection Pass Trail in Alaska
photo by Mary Green, Kenai Peninsula Back Country Horsemen

Hiking and Walking

Monte Sano Nature Preserve Trail System in Alabama
photo by Jim Teed

Paddling and Water Trails

Trinity River Paddling Trail in Texas
photo by Teresa Patterson, Trinity Coalition

Winter Trails

Tunnel Hill State Trail in Illinois
photo by Jonathan Voelz, Friends of Tunnel Hill State Trail

Trail Management Categories

Trail Sharing

Great Allegheny Passage in Maryland, Pennsylvania
photo by Rocio J. Paul

Training and Education

American Tobacco Trail in North Carolina
photo by Wake County Staff

Trail Work

Tahoe Rim Trail in California, Nevada
photo by Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Youth and Volunteers

Apalachicola River Blueway in Florida
photo by Doug Alderson

Youth and Volunteers

Harvest Square Recreational Preserve Trail System in Alabama
photo by Jim Teed

Health and Fitness

Withlacoochee State Trail in Florida
photo by Heather Nagy, Friends of the Withlacoochee State Trail, Inc.

Trail Features Categories

Urban Trails and Greenways

Schuylkill Trail at Schuylkill Banks in Pennsylvania
photo by Lane Fike, Schuylkill River Development Corporation

Rail and Canal Trails

Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Michigan
photo by Debby Muskovitch

Historic Features

Path of the Flood Trail in Pennsylvania
photo by Nate Madison, Visit Johnstown

Scenery and Natural Features

Boundary Trail in Washington
photo by Joanne Wu

Arts and Interpretation

Log Flume Interpretive Trail in Washington
photo by Tri County Economic Development District

Innovative Facilities

Catwalk Trail in New Mexico
photo by William Ribbans, New Mexico Wild

Environmental Features, Flora, and Fauna

River Bluff Trail in Tennessee
photo by Melinda Watson

Artistic Merit Categories

Trail as Photographic Inspiration

Middle Fork Trail in Oregon
photo by Eric DeBord

Trail as Photographic Inspiration

Ghost Town Trail in Pennsylvania
photo by Jessica Marines