If you or someone you love uses a wheelchair, it can seem difficult to find a place to safely explore the outdoors. But at dozens of parks, forests, and trails throughout the region, those with physical disabilities can discover the Chesapeake.
People of all abilities can enjoy the best of the Bay at spots like Patapsco Valley State Park, Mason Neck State Park, and Windsor Castle Park, which all have accessible areas for individuals in wheelchairs. From paved trails and raised boardwalks to accessible fishing piers and kayak launches, there’s a place for everyone to experience the outdoors.
- Take a trip down the trail at dozens of paved multi-use trails around the region, from Baltimore’s lush 15-mile Gwynns Falls Trail to the marshy 5-mile Cross Island Trail on Kent Island. Trails near Susquehanna State Park, Mount Vernon Estate, and the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge all provide smooth, accessible paths for all.
- Want to go deeper into nature? Visit Cunningham Falls, which has an accessible trail that leads you to the base of a 78-foot waterfall. At Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, you can follow the boardwalk to a tundra swan viewing area along the water.
- Have a fun afternoon fishing at places like Point Lookout State Park, Leesylvania State Park, Cowans Gap State Park, Dutch Gap Conservation Area, and Douthat State Park, which all offer accessible fishing piers.
- On the Chesapeake, a physical disability won’t keep you from kayaking! A growing number of parks provide universally accessible docks, which ease the process of transferring from a wheelchair to a kayak. Look for accessible launches at places like Bladensburg Waterfront Park, Greenwell State Park, and Great Bridge Lock Park.
No matter your ability, you can find your Chesapeake at one of the top places for wheelchair-accessible adventures.