Nominations Being Accepted for Pa. Trail, River of the Year


HARRISBURG — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn is encouraging Pennsylvanians to nominate their favorite trail for the 2022 Trail of the Year.

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

DCNR recently honored the D&H Rail Trail as the 2021 Pennsylvania Trail of the Year and department officials are eager to see nominations for 2022.

“Pennsylvania is home to some of the most beautiful trails in the world and DCNR is proud to recognize the impact of one of our top trails each year,” Dunn said “Whether it is the gentle pathways threading through miles of preserved greenways or rugged trails scaling the state’s magnificent mountains, the commonwealth has it all. We want to hear from those who enjoy our wonderful trails and help spread the word about the top trail of the year.”

The winning trail will be recognized publicly by the advisory committee and DCNR and through a commemorative poster for statewide distribution, a trailhead marker along the trail, promotion on ExplorePATrails, and a grant for educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection on the trail.

The Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee is charged with implementing the development of a statewide land and water trail network to facilitate recreation, transportation, and healthy lifestyles for all.

Pennsylvania is home to more than 12,000 miles of trails.

If you know of a trail that provides unique opportunities, encourages and celebrates diverse user groups, or enhances your community, please nominate it for the 2022 Trail of the Year.

For consideration, a nomination form and supporting documentation must be submitted online by Nov. 12, 2021.

Visit the Pennsylvania Trail of the Year web page for more information about where to submit the form and supporting materials.

The Trail of the Year will be announced in early 2022.


Allegheny River
Allegheny River Photo courtesy of Allegheny Outfitters

Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations are invited to nominate waterways for the 2022 Pennsylvania River of the Year.

Nominations can be submitted online through Monday, Nov. 15, until 5:00 p.m. Selected nominations will be voted on by the public beginning in late November.

“In the past year and a half, we have seen so many people seek outdoor recreation opportunities and express a desire for spending time in the nature around them,” Dunn said. “Flowing right through this increased interest are a multitude of activities connected to Pennsylvania’s wealth of rivers and streams. With our waterways being valued more than ever, the recognition of River of the Year carries immense value.”

Pennsylvania’s River of the Year is an honor designed to elevate public awareness of specific rivers and recognize important conservation needs and achievements. River of the Year designations have been presented annually since 1983.