Editor's Note: This is the twelfth 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, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina
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.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
"When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that TR experienced here would help shape a conservation policy that we still benefit from today."
There are several accessible park offerings here, including accessible nature trails around some of the scenic drive overlook points.
Fort Ramson State Park
"Fort Ransom State Park's natural areas provide an important link in the protection of the remaining Sheyenne River Valley ecosystem. This unique ecosystem includes three major types of vegetation . . . The landscape region is referred to as a savannah, the transition zone between the prairie and eastern hardwood forest."
Fort Ramson State Park offers several multi-use trails with gentle inclines. Read here to find the perfect trail for your adventure!
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
(Fort Mandan Nature & History Trail)
"Filled with wildlife including whitetail deer, pheasants, turkeys, Canadian Geese and Bald Eagles, the Nature Trail provides a pristine environment for those enjoying the Fort Mandan replica."
At 1.1 miles in length, this loop trail is comprised of fly-ash and cement, mixed to form a natural-looking, yet hard surface to accommodate wheelchair traffic. The trail guides visitors through the riparian forest of cottonwood trees, along the bank of the Missouri River.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
"The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands."
Cuyahoga Valley National Park has several fully accessible attractions and trails throughout their park! Cuyahoga Valley also makes an effort to be accessible not just to those with mobility challenges, but to those with hearing, vision, and cognitive impairments as well!
Hocking Hills State Park
"The natural history of this region is as fascinating as the caves are beautiful. Here, in these sandstones and shales, one can read Ohio's history from the rocks. The scenic features of the six areas of the Hocking Hills State Park complex are carved in the Black Hand Sandstone. This bedrock was deposited more than 350 million years ago as a delta in the warm shallow sea which covered Ohio at that time. Subsequent millions of years of uplift and stream erosion created the awesome beauty seen today."
Hocking Hills State Park has several trails with accessible sections to let you enjoy the unique natural features of the area, including caves! Find out more about which trails have accessible sections HERE.
Maumee Bay State Park
"Maumee Bay State Park offers 1,336 acres of not only the finest of recreational facilities in the Midwest, but also a unique natural environment created by the convergence of the land and Lake Erie."
Maumee Bay State Park has made a strong effort to give every visitor an equally accessible experience! They feature accessible slips, fishing piers, picnic areas, and trails.
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
"Springs, streams, lakes- whatever its form, water is the attraction at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Little Niagara and Rock Creek beckon waders and swimmers. Relax in the coolness of shaded streams or take a dip in a swimming hole. Veterans Lake calls anglers to test their skills. Lake of the Arbuckles provides excellent motorboating, skiing, fishing and swimming."