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Pennsylvania Trail of the Year

Pennsylvania is a leader in trail development, providing its citizens and visitors with more than 11,000 miles of trails across the commonwealth to enjoy, from gentle pathways threading through miles of preserved greenways, to remote, rugged trails scaling the state’s magnificent mountains. 

Each year, the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee designates a Trail of the Year to help build enthusiasm and support for both large and small trails, and raise public awareness about the value of Pennsylvania’s trail network.

In honor of the achievement, the committee and DCNR produce a poster for statewide distribution and plan a public celebration for the recognized trail.

How to Apply for Trail of the Year

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Trails Advisory Committee is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Pennsylvania Trail of the Year. Eligible trails must be at least one mile in length and be open to the public. Submit a Nomination Form (DOC) and supporting materials to RA-explorepatrails@pa.gov by November 17, 2017.

2017 Trail of the Year: Montour Trail

The 63-mile Montour Trail system in Allegheny and Washington counties has been named the 2017 Pennsylvania Trail of the Year.

The Montour Trail occupies the right of way of the former Montour Railroad and Peters Creek Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad between Coraopolis and Clairton in suburban Pittsburgh, making it one of the nation’s longest nonmotorized suburban rail-trails.

The trail connects with Pittsburgh International Airport, the Panhandle Trail, and the Great Allegheny Passage that stretches more than 330 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.

For additional information on the 2017 Trail of the Year, see DCNR's resources: