Accessible Hiking: Where to Go?

By Roll Rev

July 5, 2017

Topics: Wheelchair Lifestyle

Accessible Hiking: Where to Go?

Rocky Mountain National Park – Sprague Lake Trail

While this route is created with gravel, it is flat and the gravel has been packed down to create a wheelchair-accessible surface. A sign at the beginning of the trail deems it a half mile loop, but others say that it’s more towards a mile. For views of the mountains reflecting off the lake, take a hike in the morning. You can also see views of the Continental Divide from this location. If you are looking to make this a longer trip, the park offers a wheelchair accessible campsite.

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail

This half-mile trail is the only wheelchair accessible trail within the park. You will not be disappointed though. The Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail offers both scenic and historical views. The location of the trail allows for easy access from the main park and the trail is paved and nearly leveled throughout.

 

Hawaii – Ke Ala Hele Makalae Trail

Ke Ala Hele Makalae means “the path that goes by the coast” and that is exactly what this wheelchair accessible trail offers. The seven-mile trail is a concrete, smooth path that allows for use by everyone. Views of tropical landscapes and water make it worthwhile. If you are not up for the full seven-mile hike, you can start at one of several different sections of the trail.

 

Wyoming – Bear River State Park

While not all trails in Bear River State Park are accessible, one longer trail is made completely of asphalt and great for wheelchair users to maneuver. The 1.2-mile trail is a must for those who want to get up close and personal with bison, elk, moose, and other wildlife.

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Sources:

lovethebackcountry.com, Accessed: 4/5/17

rockymountainhikingtrails.com, Accessed: 4/5/17

trails.com, Accessed: 4/5/17

wyoparks.state.wy.us, Accessed: 4/5/17

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Roll Rev

Roll Rev

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