United States Outdoors – tips throughout the States
United States Outdoors
In America you can visit many beautiful places where you can watch the stars, enjoy unforgettable sunsets and be deeply moved by the beauty of nature. Let’s go and roll!
National Park Service
The NPS, the National Park Service, provides information for all parks on the websites of the park. They are developing a strategic plan to improve accessibility in all parks for people with disabilities. More information, plus the opportunity to give feedback you find here.
– American citizens or permanent residents of 62 years or older can obtain an Access Pass. This pass costs 80 US dollar and is a lifetime pass.
– A free, lifetime pass – available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability (does not have to be a 100% disability) – that provides admittance to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies.
Read more here on several parks with boardwalks to enjoy the best views.
Accessible Trails in all states – on Traillink you can find wheelchair accessible trails.
2600+ in all United States
A free guide by the National Park Service, detailed information about facilities, services, service dogs, wheelchair access and more. Maps and routes.
State Parks in California
(53 pages of detailed information in state parks on beach /shore access)
(list of all beaches in 16 counties where and how to rent or use beach wheelchairs; additional info as well)
San Diego – Beach access map (10 beaches accessibility information)
Detailed info on beach mats, wheelchair rent visualized in 10 photo maps
Daytona Beach – Daytona Beach Band Shell (outdoor concerts)
Fort Myers – Lakes Regional Park accessible playground
Key Largo – Bluwave Adventure (adaptive scuba diving)
New Port Richie – Sims Park accessible playground
Orlando – Gatorland – try the accessible zipline, right above the alligators!
Port St. Joe – Rish park
Ormond Beach – Bulow Creek State Park
Tallahassee – Florida Disabled Outdoors Association
Brohard Park – Beach access with accessible boardwalk, toilets, showers
Mundy Park and John Nolan Park – accessible playgrounds
Maxine Barritt Park – handicap accessible board walk
Service Club Park – handicap accessible board walk
Venice Beach – handicap accessible board walk
Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
The park app shares detailed accessibility info. Download the app or read more here.
Mammoth Cave National Park (Mammoth Cave Accessible Tour, Sand Cave Almanac, Heritage Walk, Porch Talk, wheelchair accessible Park Amphitheater, Sloan’s Crossing Pond Walk, visitors info in braille, sign interpreter services)
Moss Point – Adventure Charters and Dive (adaptive scuba diving, fishing, bird watching, dolphin watching)
Natchez – Natchez National Historic Park
On the road – 44 wheelchair accessible routes in Missouri state parks
Eagle Mount (adaptive skiing, horse riding, aquatics program)
Myrtle Beach – 42 public beach access points (street ends, parks and other access points) that are accessible in varying degrees to people with physical disabilities. Beach wheelchairs available
Zion National Park
Jim Parsons visited this beautiful park and went on the accessible shuttle buses with his service dog Pancho.
John Williams is your host at the Wheelchair Destinations channel – over 40 videos of accessible destinations in the Pacific North West
Editor’s pick: Wheelchair Destinations
If you like the outdoors, you must definitely check out Wheelchair Destinations. In these videos you will see a complete overview of accommodation, things to do and how to get around in over 40 videos in the states of Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.
Enjoy the full playlist here – definitely recommended for all who love to go explore the Pacific North West in all its beauty!
More tips from John
Check out Travel Oregon to find over 2300 handicap accessible locations in list view (if you use the map you will find some 1700 places to go) and Travel Portland. Depending on the persons ability, the Columbia and Willamette River day cruises are nice.
If you need a little exercise after a dinner of Columbia River Salmon and a tasty dessert, take a hike (Traillink shows 54 results for accessible trails in the state of Oregon).