A Guide to National Parks for Visitors With Disabilities: Everything You Need to Know Before Arriving from Tripsavvy.com, by Lauren Himiak. Many U.S. national parks offer programs designed for people with disabilities along with wheel-accessible activities and amenities. So before you set out on your great outdoor adventure, plan your trip by checking out these helpful tips on accessibility in the national parks.
National Center on Accessibility is a program of Indiana University's Department of Recreation and Park Administration works in cooperation with the U.S. National Park Service to provide technical assistance, education and research on issues concerning accessibility to the parks, recreation and tourism industries. Check out the Resource Catalog for videos and brochures on recreational resources and products.
National Park Service: Find a Park is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior and offers a comprehensive site of the national parks, forests and historic sites listed from A-Z, by geographic region or by topic. Each park has a separate page including access information.
USDA Forest Service Recreation provides a graphical guide and links to the national forests and information on reservations, conservation, nature, wildlife, fish, rare plants and more.
Denali National Park and Reserve, Alaska is an integral part of one of North America's most spectacularly beautiful regions. The park's 325,240 acres, almost one-half the size of Rhode Island, provide the visitor with a great variety of recreational opportunities, ranging from roadside camping to wilderness exploration.
Welcome to the Ketchikan Area State Parks Ketchikan, Alaska is located on Revillagigedo Island, 90 miles (140 km) north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and 235 miles (378 km) south of Juneau, Alaska. Ketchikan is the southeastern most city in Alaska. Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town. This page describes the ADA features of the 3 parks in this area.
Accessible cabins are available for rent year round at the following Massachusetts State Parks:
Mohawk Trail State Forest
Savoy Mountain State Forest
Central Shaft Road (Rte. 116)
New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation offers this accessibility page for New Hampshire State Parks. Details concerning the accessibility of specific facilities and activities including boat launches, camping, parking, picnicking, restrooms, stores/gift shops, swimming, trails, and walkways can be found on this website.
Washington State Accessible Outdoor Recreation Guide shows the locations for recreation sites as numbered dots on maps for each state region shown on this website. For detailed information on a particular site, you click the number found on the map to jump to the site listing in the accompanying directory. Scroll down the page and a key to symbology can be found under the map on each set of directory pages. This is a fairly comprehensive list of access information. The state of Washington has long been a leader in providing accessible outdoor recreation. The accessible sites listed in this guide are managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, and the Olympic National Park. These sites were constructed using current design practices, Access Board guidelines and Final Rules, or State building code standards and recommendations from recreationists with disabilities. Levels of accessibility vary from site to site. Questions regarding specific sites should be addressed to the appropriate agency (see below).
Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)
(360) 902-3026 - FAX 800-833-6388 TTY
Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
(360)902-2207 - TDD
USDA Forest Service, Nature of the NW Info Center (USDA FS)
Department of Natural
(360) 902-1125 - TDD
Olympic National Park (ONP)
(360) 452-0306 - TDD
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (SP)
(360) 664-3133 - TDD
(Hours: 8AM - 5PM, Monday - Friday)
Havenwoods State Forest is an island of nature located in the middle of the urban Milwaukee environment. The Environmental Awareness Center is open 7:45AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday and Saturday during scheduled programs. The center is located at 6141 N. Hopkins Street in Milwaukee (one block west of Sherman Blvd. on Douglas Ave). Environmental education programs and stone trails are available. For a schedule of events and more information, call (414) 527-0232 (Voice) or (414) 527-0761 (TTY).
Lakeshore State Park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Anglers, visitors traveling through the park on designated trails and registered guests at the marina leaving or returning to their boats may be in the park at other times. Lakeshore State Park is located off the shore of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee. The park is relatively easy to access, but visitors from outside the city may wish to view a map of the area to better understand.
New Glarus Woods is a 411-acre state park offering camping, hiking, picnicking and snowshoeing. The park also offers direct access to The Sugar River State Trail, a 23-mile, 265-acre, State Park trail surfaced with compressed limestone screenings, for bicycling, hiking, snowmobiling and, in some areas, hunting. Rest rooms accessible to people with disabilities are available in the group camping area. There is an accessible family campsite in the Lead Circle Campground, an accessible group campsite in the group camp area, and accessible picnic tables in the parks as well. For wildlife viewing, there is an accessible wildlife blind on the Walnut Trail. Please ask the park staff for assistance with any special needs you have due to mobility or health problems. This Wisconsin State Park is located in Green County, America's Little Switzerland at W5446 County Highway NN, New Glarus, WI 53574.
Urban Ecology Center at 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Riverside Park is a space for learning ways to protect the environment. On becoming a member, the center provides access to unlimited nature friendly activities. It has camps for nature trails, kayaking and events that promote conservation of natural environment. Enroll yourself for their nature programs and contribute to preserving the environment. For more information call (414) 964-8505.
Wisconsin Accessible Cabins New Horizons Un-Limited promotes the building of the Accessible Cabins in the Wisconsin State Parks and their use for people with disabilities. Visit this power point in pdf format to view some of the most recent cabins and their attributes in the Wisconsin State Parks. For more information Wisconsin DNR below.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the beneficiary of the construction of several wheel chair accessible cabins at a number of Wisconsin's State Parks. Call the park you wish to attend for a Reservation Form or visit Accessible Cabins for People With Disabilities. You may apply beginning in January of the year you wish to attend. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended. To obtain your Cabin Reservation Form for People with Disabilities, pick them up any Department of Natural Resources District Office, or contact the state park you wish to visit. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Blue Mound State Park - accessible primitive cabin
4350 Mounds Park Rd., Box 98
Blue Mounds, WI 53517-0098
Buckhorn State Park
W8450 Buckhorn Park Avenue
Necedah, WI 54646
Copper Falls State Park - accessible primitive cabin
Route 1, Box 17AA
Mellen, WI 54546
Harrington Beach State Park
531 County Road D
Belgium, WI 53004
High Cliff State Park
N7630 State Park Rd.
Sherwood, Wisconsin 54169
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit
Ottawa Lake Cabin Reservation
S91 W39091 Hwy.59
Eagle WI 53119
(414) 594-6220 (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Kohler-Andrae State Park
1020 Beach Park Lane
Sheboygan WI 53081
Mirror Lake State Park
10320 Ferndell Road
Baraboo, WI 53913
(608) 254-2333(Voice and TTY)
Potawatomi State Park
3740 Park Drive
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Richard Bong State Recreation Area
26313 Burlington Rd.
Kansasville WI 53139
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