2017 NRT Photo Contest Winners

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.

by American Trails Staff


Trail Use Categories

Halloween hikers on the Fisher Towers Trail near Moab managed by Bureau of Land Management. Photo by Ashli Murdock, Moab BLM


Bicycling along flood wall murals in Dayton. Photo by Jim Crotty for Miami Conservancy District


Boaters viewing the solar eclipse on the West Columbia Riverwalk section of the Three Rivers Greenway in West Columbia, SC. Photo by Kelli Ricard


The National Tunnel accumulates great mounds of ice in the winter unless the tunnel is closed off. A trail group designed a solution based on the plastic strip curtains used on commercial coolers. At each end of the tunnel, two strip doors about 10’ apart create a temperature buffer that keeps the tunnel interior above freezing. Photo copyright © 2017 by Mary Shaw


Riding out of the Bob Marshall Wilderness on the Swan Lake Ranger District; the horse’s name is Lucky and he’s been working for the USFS for over ten years. photo by Fischer Gangemi


Inclusive cycling trip on the Chief Ladiga Trail where individuals with and without disabilities can ALL participate and enjoy physical activity. Photo from Lakeshore Foundation/NCHPAD


Trail Management

An ad-hoc volunteer work party of passing cyclists cuts up and removes a tree that had fallen, blocking the trail north of Morgantown, WV. Photo copyright © 2017 by Mary Shaw


Conservation crew members from the American Conservation Experience at work on the South Kaibab Trail in the Grand Canyon. Photo copyright © Jessica Plance 2017


A school class on a guided hike to the waterfall at Chewacla State Park. photo by Tasha Simon, Alabama State Parks


An equestrian and a hiker do a "meet and greet" on the multiuse backcountry trail. Photo by Kim McCarrel


New stairs on the trail to the top of Spencer Butte have made the summit accessible for more families. Photo by Chris Pietsch


Trail Features

Purple gallinule, one of the most beautiful birds along our rivers and not often seen; along the paddling trail in the Aucilla Wildlife Management Area. Photo by Doug Alderson, FL Office of Greenways and Trails


Switchbacks on the Medina River Greenway in San Antonio. Photo by Adelyn Alanis, San Antonio Parks & Recreation


Ten discovery stations along the trail, staffed by interpreters teach visitors the chance to learn more about War of 1812 soldiers at the NY Historic Site History Trail. Photo by Constance Barone


A tunnel of trees on the trail running north to northwest of Ohiopyle, PA. Photo by Julie A. Zeyzus


A young angler along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail on Ladybird Lake in downtown Austin. Photo by Chris Sheffield


New mural underway along the greenway in Westminster, CO. Photo by Hans T. Reichgelt, Westminster Parks, Recreation, Libraries, and Open Space


A real rest stop on the 63-mile rail trail through scenic southwest Iowa. Photo by Jim Schmid


The trail bridge over the Cache la Poudre River at Lions Open Space in Laporte, CO. Photo by Hailey Groo, Poudre Heritage Alliance


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Learn more about the NRT Photo Contest

We're looking for good photos of trail users as well as special facilities, art on the trails, management issues, construction, and volunteers. We also want to see entries that cover the many types and uses of National Recreation Trails throughout America.

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