Well, it’s not really a top 10 list per se but it’s interesting nonetheless: The American Hiking Society and Nature Valley revealed America’s 10 favorite hiking trail grant projects for 2009. Basically the program had 70 nominations which were narrowed down to 20 finalists and online readers voted for the top 10 of those 20. Not nearly as exhaustive as our own best hiking trails list but it will do 😉 Each winning project will receive a $5,000 grant bringing the total commitment to $50,000 for trail preservation. Not too shabby.
Here are the top 10 hiking trail project winners: (more individual project details at wheresyoursat.com)
* Forest Park Conservancy (Portland, Ore.): Wildwood Trail Day of Stewardship
* Grand Trunk Trail Blazers (Sturbridge, Mass.): Camp Robinson Crusoe Trail
* Louisville Metro Parks Foundation (Louisville, Ky.): Eastern Gateway Trail
* Lula Lake Land Trust (Lookout Mountain, Ga.): Cloudland Connector Trail
* Mahanoy Creek Watershed Association (Pottsville, Pa.): Bolich Hiking Trail Project
* Nacimiento Medical Foundation (Cuba, N.M.): St. Francis Park Nature Trail
* Palmetto Conservation Foundation (Columbia, S.C.): Peak to Prosperity Passage, Palmetto Trail
* Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition (Asheville, N.C.): Fires Creek Trail System
* Southern Conservation Trust (Peachtree City, Ga.): Line Creek Nature Area Trail Signage
* Volunteers for Outdoor California (Redwood City, Calif.): Fernandez Ranch Trail Project
Two of the ten projects are right here in Georgia (where we’re based) and half the projects are in the southeast (that is, if you count Kentucky as part of the southeast). Congrats to all the winners, we’re stoked to see how the money is used to improve our hiking trails!