2023 Advancing Trails Awards Announced

The Advancing Trails Awards Program recognizes the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working to create an effective system of trails across the globe.

American Trails Advancing Trails Award winners were announced at the 2023 International Trails Summit Awards Ceremony that took place April 17, 2023 in Reno, Nevada

Hulet Hornbeck Lifetime Service

This award is for an individual that, like previous board member and trail advocate Hulet Hornbeck, exemplifies long-standing vision and wisdom in support of trails.

2023 winner, Janet Phillips

Trail Planning and Design

This award recognizes a trail project of any size that demonstrates innovative planning and design techniques, while incorporating accessibility, and making a positive contribution to the community it serves.

2023 winner, Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Partnership in Trail Management

This award is given to a partnership in trail management which benefits agencies or services within the field of trail planning, design, or implementation while capturing an important aspect of the trails community.

2023 winner, USDA Forest Service Eastern Region 10-Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge

Partnership in Trail Management

This award is given to a partnership in trail management which benefits agencies or services within the field of trail planning, design, or implementation while capturing an important aspect of the trails community.

2023 winner, North Carolina Great Trails State Coalition

Trails and the Arts

This award recognizes the integration of art with the trail experience including outstanding public art works, interpretive signs, or other creative structures, sounds, or even smells associated with trail related enhancement.

2023 winner, Wheeling Public Art Trail

Trails for Health

This award recognizes a community’s commitment to improving access to trails and promoting their use and importance for increasing physical activity.

2023 winner, Arizona Alliance for Livable Communities

Trail Promotion and Education

This award recognizes innovative and successful strategies for promoting and increasing trail use and understanding.

2023 winner, Carson City Open Space and Muscle Powered

International Trail Leadership

This award acknowledging global leadership in developing and promoting best practices in trail planning, connectivity, and collaboration.

2023 winner, Brazilian Trails Network

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