Editor's Note: This is the thirteenth 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, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma
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.
Crater Lake National Park
"Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed it form 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a towering volcano. Scientists marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and perhaps the most pristine on earth."
Visitors of all abilities are able to take advantage of the stunning views of Crater Lake National Park! Several accessible points, trail sections, campgrounds, and more allow all visitors to have a memorable experience.
OC&E Woods Line State Trail
"Oregon's longest linear park! This 109-mile, rail-to-trail conversion is built on the old rail bed . . . beginning in the heart of Klamath Falls, extending east to Bly and north to the lush Sycan Marsh. From its beginnings as a railroad carrying millions of board feet of timber and railcars loaded with cattle, to its present cargo of recreational trail users, this railroad line has always been on the move."
This State Trail has 4 distinct sections with different terrain so you are able to choose the area that best suits your equipment and abilities! Find out more about each section HERE.
Siuslaw National Forest
"From forest floor to ocean shore the Siuslaw National Forest stretches from the lush forests of the coastal mountains to the unique Oregon Dunes and the beaches of the Pacific Ocean."
In Siuslaw National Forest there are several accessible trail and activity options! For most recent information it is recommend that visitors contact the park directly.
Allegheny National Forest
"Established in 1923, Allegheny National Forest (ANF) is Pennsylvania’s only National Forest. Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, the ANF is composed of plateau tops with elevations up to approximately 2,300 feet and valleys down to approximately 1,000 feet above sea level. The forest is approximately 517,000 acres and includes land in Elk, Forest, McKean and Warren counties in the northwestern corner of the state."
Several "easy" trails that meet standards of accessibility are available in Allegheny National Forest! Among these are the Shawmut Trail and the Timberdoodle Flats Interpretive Trail.
Presque Isle State Park
"Presque Isle State Park is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that arches into Lake Erie. As Pennsylvania's only "seashore," Presque Isle offers its visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling and in-line skating. A National Natural Landmark, Presque Isle is a favorite spot for migrating birds. Because of the many unique habitats, Presque Isle contains a greater number of the state's endangered, threatened and rare species than any other area of comparable size in Pennsylvania."
Presque Isle State Park is home to the Karl Boyes National Recreation Trail. This 13.5 mile ADA accessible trail is popular with cyclists, joggers, and in-line skaters. It follows the Presque Isle Bay shoreline, passes Perry Monument and continues around the eastern end of the park, back along the Lake Erie side of the park and ties back into the trail again near Duck Pond area.
Ridley Creek State Park
"Ridley Creek State Park encompasses over 2,606 acres of Delaware County woodlands and meadows. The gently rolling terrain of the park, bisected by Ridley Creek, is only 16 miles from center city Philadelphia and is an oasis of open space in a growing urban area."
Ridley Creek State Park features several accessible activities including fishing, hunting, and a 5-mile paved multi-use trail!
Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge
"This refuge is one of five national wildlife refuges in Rhode Island. About 200 million years ago, when the supercontinent Pangaea split, Africa left traces of itself along the shores of Sachuest Point creating the Price Neck Formation. From the mid-1600’s to the early 1900’s, Sachuest Point was used for farming and sheep grazing. During World War II, the U.S. Navy used this site for a rifle range and communications center. In 1970, a 70 acre donation from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island led to the establishment of Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. Today, with the land transfers from the Navy, the Refuge totals 242 acres that provide an important stopover and wintering area for migratory birds."
Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge features a 1.2-mile barrier free trail called Flint Point!
Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge
"This refuge is one of five national wildlife refuges in Rhode Island. Established in 1970, it consists of 409 acres of diverse upland and wetland habitats including grasslands, shrub lands, wooded swamps and freshwater ponds . . . You may enjoy an excellent view of Ninigret Pond, the largest coastal salt pond in Rhode Island, from the observation platform at Grassy Point. For the birding enthusiast, over 250 species of birds have been recorded at the refuge. Also, refuge shores support a large diversity of marine life such as blue crab, bay scallop, and winter flounder."
Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge advertises several "barrier free" trails throughout the park!
Dundery Brook Trail
"Dundery Brook Trail is the place to experience the myriad of wetland habitats which are endemic to coastal Rhode Island from the safety and comfort of a boardwalk path . . . Dundery Brook trail crosses from the Town’s Veteran’s Field property into the Conservancy’s 118-acre Bumblebee Preserve, across nearly 3,000 feet of boardwalk structure, which then connects with a grassy trail over an old cartpath of an additional 3,000 feet. A hike in and out easily exceeds two miles."
"Easily travelled on foot, the boardwalk provides views of the swamp’s hidden treasures while the existing grass trail follows the edge of a pond and historic meadowland that offers numerous opportunities for bird sightings as well as deer and wild turkey. Over 60 bird species use this area as breeding habitat including warblers and vireos, hawks and owls, and wood ducks."