Coalition for Recreational Trails



Award-winning trail and greenway projects funded through the Recreational Trails Program


The members of the Coalition for Recreational Trails have selected the winners of the "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.

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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 FHWA 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 expanded and reauthorized through the 2005 "Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users'' (SAFETEA-LU). A series of extensions has continued the surface transportation funding authority.


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