Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects
The members of the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) 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 8, 2010 at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn House Office Building, during the annual celebration for Great Outdoors Week.
Learn more about the Recreational Trails Program
Paved trails at Holly River State Park
Laurel Fork Trail wanders across an arm of Laurel Fork of the Holly River to a small island and back. The trail features a parking lot near the park headquarters where dedicated accessible parking spaces were created.
The trail is asphalt paved and follows the perimeter of the island. The trail meets proposed federal guidelines for accessibility and includes four rest stations, two shelters, three water fountains, and 10 historical markers with Braille signs depicting the history of the park.
Laurel Fork Trail is one of just a few trails in West Virginia that features accessible trailside amenities. Holly River State Park is located in a very rural section of Webster County, yet families come from miles away for the opportunity to enjoy the peaceful relaxation that the trail provides with disabled friends and relatives.
The accessibility enhancements to Laurel Fork Trail were made possible by a 2005 RTP grant for nearly $42,000. The project was completed in September 2007 and is currently open for use.
Contact: Stanley Anderson, Holly River State Park Foundation, 764 Cleveland Road, Hacker Valley, WV 26222. Phone: 304-493-6565.
Picnic shelter and tables on the trail
Timber trail bridge
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 Recreational Trails Program, to support its implementation and to help insure that it receives adequate funding. The Annual Achievement 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.
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.
See State by State list of all RTP Awards with links to individual award web pages