Show the diversity in National Recreational Trails

Deadline: December 15


Tristan Brynildsen

This scene is from the trails near Seneca Rocks, West Virginia in the fall. Where can you take a picture locally?

Submit your photos that highlight the diversity of the National Recreation Trails (NRT)s and to make more Americans familiar with these great trails.

American Trails sponsors the annual contest for photographs of designated National Recreation Trails across the country. Our annual contest provides awards in several categories and shows off entries (and previous winners) on the NRT website. 

Submit Your 2022 Photo Contest Entries

The goal is to highlight the diversity of the NRTs and to make more Americans familiar with these great trails. 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.

Award Categories

We will give awards in the following categories. Photos will be considered for all relevant categories.


  • Accessibility
  • Hiking and Walking
  • Equestrian
  • Paddling and Water Trails
  • Bicycling
  • Off-Highway Vehicle riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Dogsledding


  • Trail Sharing
  • Training and Education
  • Trail Work
  • Youth and Volunteers
  • Health and FitnessTRAIL FEATURES
    • Urban Trails and Greenways
    • Rail and Canal Trails
    • Historic Features
    • Scenery and Natural Features
    • Arts and Interpretation
    • Innovative Facilities
    • Environmental Features, Flora, and Fauna


    • The Trail as Photographic Inspiration

    If you’re not sure if a trail is an NRT, or if you have questions about the contest, please contact us. Presented by American Trails, P. O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797 – phone (530) 605-4395 – [email protected]