Editor's Note: This is the eighth post in our ABCs of Accessible Trails series, which details the best accessible trails in State and National Parks across the country. Take a look at our previous posts for more: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississipi
The America the Beautiful Pass, otherwise known as the The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, is a free lifetime pass available to US citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability. Passes can be obtained via phone, online, or in person at any of these recreation sites.
Mark Twain National Forest
Check out the Pine Lake Trail which loops around the Pinewoods Lake. The trail is relatively flat and offers an opportunity for great views and bird sightings.
Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area
There are several trails to explore here that are paved and fairly flat. The site provides the public with unique wildlife viewing and provides an escape from its urban surroundings. Start with the Missouri Tree Trail where many trees native to Missouri are labeled along the route.
Katy Trail State Park
This park is the nation's longest rails-to-trails project! Designed for hikers and bikers, the park has lots of accessible trail options. There is also enough variety to keep you busy, with impressive Missouri River bluffs and frequent trailheads.
Glacier National Park
Known as the "Crown of the Continent", Glacier National Park is the headwaters for streams that flow to the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and to Hudson's Bay. While remote, the views are absolutely spectacular.
Check out the Running Eagle Falls Nature Trail or the Swiftcurrent Nature Trail. Both are about 0.25 mile long and feature a stabilized soil that is packed down for smooth rolling. A portion of the Trail of the Cedars is accessible to those with all-terrain chairs.
Lolo National Forest
There are many trails to explore at Lolo! The Maclay Flat Nature trail has an accessible loop of 1-2 miles which is mostly gravelled. There are interpretive signs and a chance of spotting wildelife. For a shorter option, check out the Blue Mountain Trail. This 0.25 mile interpretive loop has great views of the distant mountains and Missoula Valley.
Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest
There are 1,000 miles of designated trails here with a variety of challenges and opportunities. The first mile of the the three-mile Trout Creek Canyon Trail is wheelchair accessible and offers spectacular viewing opportunities of magnificent limestone formations. You can pick up an interpretive brochure at the trailhead and refer to it as you reach each of the ten numbered benchmarks along this first mile.
Oglala National Grasslands
Fort Kearney State Recreation Area
This is an awesome spot to see the sandhill crane migration in the spring! Parts of the Hike-Bike trail are accessible.
Pioneers Park Nature Center
The Nature Center is a great place to visit in all seasons. You can start by checking out the animal exhibits and listening to the birds in the bird garden! Then hit the trails for wildlife viewings.