2009 RTP Achievement Awards

Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects


The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) has announced the winners of its "Annual Achievement Awards" in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The award winners were recognized at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 2009 at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn House Office Building, during the annual celebration for Great Outdoors Week.


Seven trail projects and two State programs have been chosen by the Coalition for Recreational Trails as recipients of its tenth Annual Achievement Awards. The trail projects and programs honored for 2009 are listed below by category of award. Click on the links to see details and photos of the projects:


photo of people with award

Representative Nick Rahall (D-WV), Chairman of the House

Committee on Natural Resources (third from right),

joins award recipients

Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Kings Campground and Trailhead Project (California)

Construction and Design
Sam Houston Multiple-Use Trail (Texas)

Education and Communication
Giant’s Stairs Trail Project (Maine)

Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing
Meduxnekeag River Bridge (Maine)

Environment and Wildlife Compatibility
Highbridge Park Project (New York)

Accessibility Enhancement
Southwest Key Trail (Texas)

Use of Youth Conservation/Service Corps
North Bend Lake Equestrian Trail (West Virginia)

Outstanding State Trail Program

Outstanding State Recreational Trails Advisory Committee


The Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). See the RTP website for more information. Federal transportation funds benefit recreation by making funds available to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from nonhighway recreational fuel use: fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks.

The Recreational Trails Program was first created in 1991 as part of the ground-breaking legislation known as ISTEA, and was recently expanded and reauthorized through the 2005 "Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users'' (SAFETEA-LU). The RTP returns a portion of federal gasoline taxes generated by non-highway motorized recreation to the states for trail-related purposes. Under current legislation, the program is scheduled to receive:

  • $70,000,000 for FY 2006
  • $75,000,000 for FY 2007
  • $80,000,000 for FY 2008
  • $85,000,000 for FY 2009.

To date over 8,000 projects have been funded, creating and enhancing recreational trails for millions of trail enthusiasts across the country.


Coalition for Recreational Trails:

The Coalition for Recreational Trails, a national organization representing the nation's major trail interests, has been working since 1992 to build awareness and understanding of the RTP, to support its implementation and to help insure that it receives adequate funding. The awards are part of the Coalition's ongoing effort to promote and celebrate this highly successful program, which has greatly enhanced the quantity and quality of trail experiences available to the public. For more information about CRT and its members, go to: www.funoutdoors.com/coalitions/crt.


See State by State list of all CRT Awards with links to individual award web pages

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