Each year The Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee designates a Trail of the Year, a title meant to increase awareness and enthusiasm about Pennsylvania trails of every length and difficulty level.

With 650 different trails in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources databasethere are plenty to choose from. This year’s winner, the massive Mid State Trail, is a challenging 327-mile trek that touches both the Maryland and New York state borders. Last year’s winner, on the other hand, was the significantly smaller and easier five-mile Forbidden Drive trail in Wissahickon Valley Park.


Related reading: DNCR, Mid State Trail Association celebrate Mid State Trail as PA’s 2019 Trail of the Year

To be eligible for the award, trails must be open to the public and reach a minimum of one mile in length. As previous years have shown, winners are not always the longest or toughest trails!

The winning trail receives a special trailhead marker during a public ceremony, obtains a grant to promote the environmental protection and public safety of the trail, and becomes the subject of an expertly designed poster that is distributed throughout the state.

The deadline for 2020’s Trail of the Year nominations is Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Nominate a trail by submitting this form and the requested supplementary materials before the deadline.

To view previous Trail of the Year Award winners and download their posters, visit the DCNR’s Trail of the Year page.