Access 2 Parks Project

Offical 2021 Report + Images

Love for parks and the great outdoors is one of the main reasons why I created wheelchairtraveling.com. Growing up camping and hiking, I was connected to and influenced by nature at a young age. When I became paralyzed, I wondered: What’s possible now outdoors? What can I see and do in nature? I started collecting park data for the website in regards to wheelchair access, like points of interest and where to stay, to remember where to and not to go. Some places were not worth the effort and some were. Some parks needed multiple days to explore while others could be visited for a few hours.

The wheelchairtraveling.com Access 2 Parks resources continues to expand because so many love the outdoors. Thirty U.S. National Parks have been added along with a plethora national monuments, landmarks, wetlands, recreation areas and so on, as well as state and regional parks. More parks, including national parks, still need to be covered. Paid and volunteer positions are still available as there are more parks to cover, so please send a message if interested.

Nature has always been important in my life, and happy to report that I’ve visited twenty-two national parks so far. It provides wisdom, strength and rejuvenation for life on this earth. Nature makes me feel alive and at peace, and I know many others also love being outside. The Access 2 Parks Project is not advocating for parks to be paved over in concrete because there is more access that can be reasonably created in a cost-effective and inclusive manner while still preserving the natural landscape for generations to come.

 

Table of Contents

 

Access 2 Parks Project

Introduction
About
Overview

 

Public Education + Information

In-Park Signage
Website
Public Presentations + Outreach

 

Basic Park Features

Public Toilets: Flush, Vaulted + Portable Facilities
Clean Drinking Water: Fountains + Bottle Fill-Up Stations
Food + Picnicking
Overnight Accommodations: Lodges, Cabins + Campgrounds

 

Things to Do + See: Why Visit?

Hiking Trails + Paths: Getting into Nature
Overlooks + Scenic Points of Interest
Beaches
Fishing Piers
Boat Docks
Kayaking
Horse Riding
Archery
Playgrounds
Ranger-Led Programs

 

4 Top U.S. National Parks

 

Want more access to parks? Here’s the TOP 10 List of US National Parks with wheelchair access tips. Plus, a list of worldwide list national, state and regional park reviews and tips that includes monuments, wetlands, landmarks, and so on is found on the Parks + Outdoors menu, under interests from the homepage, or use the button below.

Overview: Yosemite National Park

Overview: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains of California is one of the most popular attractions in the world and with so many accessible options for travelers, it is a destination everyone should visit. It is a place of beauty, history and outdoor...

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Southern, USA is one of the most visited parks in the country. These wheelchair travel tips will help prepare you for your visit to this national park. It's only just the beginning,...

Utah: Zion National Park Travel Guide

Utah: Zion National Park Travel Guide

Of all the National Parks in Southern Utah, Zion National Park is perhaps the most unique and one of the most fertile places in the state, which is likely why so many Native American groups inhabited the area. The park itself is quite large, and the area where the...

Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park

In Colorado, the Rocky Mountain National Park is a hiker's paradise with over 50 day-hikes and many opportunities for multiple day backpacking trips.  Wonderful for able-bodied visitor but challenging for those who use a wheelchair or scooter to get around....

 

U.S. National Parks Access Guides

 

The following are the U.S. National Parks, a list of worldwide national, state and regional park reviews and tips that includes monuments, wetlands, landmarks, and so on is found on the Parks + Outdoors menu, under interests from the homepage, or use the button below.

U.S. National Parks in the Fall

U.S. National Parks in the Fall

I love visiting our U.S. National Parks, even if it’s just a day-trip, and no matter how long I stay, it’s always hard to leave. Fall days are particularly lovely to visit parks as temperatures are...

Death Valley National Park + Wheelchair Access

Death Valley National Park + Wheelchair Access

Death Valley National Park is located in Southern California on the boarder of Nevada. This video is a great overview on what to expect and where to go if you are traveling with a wheelchair or have...

5 Best Accessible Trails @ U.S. National Parks

5 Best Accessible Trails @ U.S. National Parks

Everyone knows that the U.S. National Parks are wonderful to visit and there are plenty of breathtaking scenic drives that are must-dos in each park.  However, to really experience the parks,...

Sequoia + Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia + Kings Canyon National Park

The grouping of four towering sequoia redwoods alongside the road in the Sierra Mountains, known as the “Four Guardsmen,” and are usually the first stop for visitors when approaching the two parks....

Marin Headlands National Park Wheelchair Tips

Marin Headlands National Park Wheelchair Tips

The Marin Headlands National Park, managed by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), is located right off the Golden Gate Bridge on the way to Sausalito from San Francisco in Marin...

Congaree National Park, South Carolina Hiking Tips

Congaree National Park, South Carolina Hiking Tips

Congaree National Park is located at the southern end of South Carolina, just outside the state capitol of Columbia. It is a preserved wildlife area, receiving the most government protection from...

Florida Everglades National Park Access Guide

Florida Everglades National Park Access Guide

Everglades National Park in Florida is the third largest national park in the U.S., protecting 1.5 million acres of unique terrain on the southern tip of the state of Florida. Diverse ecosystems lie...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Cuyahoga Valley was officially made a National Park in 1974 when local citizens and their representatives sought to preserve this scenic green space nestled between the industrial cities of...

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park is located in the Great Appalachian Valley on the East Coast of the United States in the Blue Ridge Mountains of north-central Virginia about 1.5 hours from...

Utah: Arches National Park Accessibility

Utah: Arches National Park Accessibility

  Arches National Park is one of Utah’s most visited destinations due to the plethora of wind-chiseled arches. Many of the parks iconic arches can be seen right from the road and some have...

Utah: Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah: Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah offers a series of viewpoints of the canyon, some with short walkways that are accessible. The park...

Utah: 5 National Parks

Utah: 5 National Parks

In 1998 I was paralyzed in car accident and hospitalized in Salt Lake City, Utah for a month. It was time for new memories of Utah, so a friend and I decided to embark on a grand road-trip to...

Point Reyes Seashore National Park

Point Reyes Seashore National Park

This magnificent expanse of parkland is one of the nation's great treasures. Point Reyes Seashore National Park has 71,057 acres of rolling...

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon

The water was so blue I felt like I was gazing at the eternal pool of life. I had come to Crater Lake National Park, Oregon once before when...

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado Accessibility

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado Accessibility

At Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, people started living on the tops of the mesas around 400 AD then about 1190 AD, for reason that are not entirely clear, they moved off the mesas into cliff...

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is regarded as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, and rightfully so. Over centuries the...

Alcatraz National Park: Wheelchair Access

Alcatraz National Park: Wheelchair Access

One of the most historical landmarks in San Francisco is the former federal state prison Alcatraz Island (“the rock”). From the mid-1930's to 1960's, Alcatraz was the premier maximum security...

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