Publications – Mostly Online

Please remember that I don’t endorse any of the places or organizations I list.  I just collect and post them.  If any of you know reason why a link should be removed, please let me know using the form in the sidebar.  And, if you have any additions, let me know that, too.

  • “Everyone Outdoors” is a blog about “accessible adventures and adaptive recreation in Massachusetts State Parks and beyond”.  Lots of very helpful articles about equipment and other concerns as well as places to go.

  • ABCs of Accessible Trails  The makers of Grit Freedom Chair have a series 17 posts about their favorite wheelchair accessible trails throughout the United States.  This link is to the last of these pages, since from there, you can link to each of their other posts.  Not a lot of details, but beautiful photographs.

  • News on outdoor accessibility in the UK : http://www.accessmagazine.co.uk/walk-on-the-wild-side/

  • Accessible Adventures in the Pacific Northwest  Videos  The US Forest Service has produced a series of videos (33 as of August 2016) narrated by John Williams.  These five to six minute videos visit National Forests and Scenic Byways in Washington and Oregon, letting you see just how accessible (or not) many of these wonderful places are.

  • Accessible Denver is a website which claims to be ” your source for disability-related information for those living in Denver or visiting the mile high city.  Use the Resource Guide below to find medical services, businesses and professionals who provide information and assistance to the disabled community.”

  • Accessible Hiking Trails  Maintained by Working With Scouts With disAbilities
    Helpful links to information on national and state accessible opportunities.

  • Accessible Nature Travel: A travel guide for folks with wheelchairs, walkers, canes or strollers by Randall Feare is a travel guide to 22 states and British Columbia.  There is also a list of valuable links to additional resources.

  • BerkshireHiking.com  a guide to hiking in the Berkshire Mountains and Litchfield Hills Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York.  Accessibility is not directly addressed.

  • Birding For Beginners from the National Park Service.  This link was sent by Jenny wise who points out that, “The beauty of this hobby is that anyone can do it, whether you live in the city or the country. You can be young or old, you can do it any time of the year, and, best of all, it’s free!”.  

  • Birding For All (formerly the Disabled Birder’s Association) seeks “to improve access for people with disabilities to reserves, facilities and services for birding. We have members across the world but the majority live in the UK. There is a separate chapter in the USA.”

  • General news: www.disabled-world.com

  • Emerging Horizons contains “travel information for wheelchair users and slow walkers.”

  • Fatbirder is a comprehensive website  with the motto “linking birders worldwide”  There is a wealth of information about birding, some of which also gives information about accessibility.

  • Handicapped American News contains mostly articles by a Dr. Homer Page

  • Kids in Parks  “…an expanding network of family-friendly outdoor adventures”  Although aimed at families with small children, many of their trails are suitable for the limited hiker and they do note where a trail is ADA compliant.   Trails are described in California, District of Columbia, Maryland, South Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

  • Malia’s Miles  Journeys of a Full-time RVer has good descriptions and photographs from her visits to over 21 states, including 15 national parks.

  • National Recreation Trails Database – This is a great source!  From the site: “National Recreation Trails (NRTs) provide for numerous outdoor recreation activities in a variety of urban, rural, and remote areas. Over 1,200 trails in [all 50 states] available for public use and ranging from less than a mile to 485 miles in length, have been designated as NRTs on federal, state, municipal, and privately owned lands.”

    Go to their basic search page, choose your state and select “pedestrian – walking/hiking/running” from the Trail Use choices.   You can even narrow it down to county.  Although accessibility is not always addressed in the descriptions, contact information including phone numbers is given to help you learn if the trail is appropriate for you.

  • New Mobility  by United Spinal Association calls itself “the magazine for active wheelchair users”.

  • ORIC is…” a not-for-profit partnership of eight federal, state and private organizations. Our staff is one full-time manager, supplied by the US Forest Service, and a crew of volunteers.”  Their website offers a comprehensive review of outdoor activities in  Colorado.

  • Pocket Ranger Apps.  These free apps for mobile devices are guides to many (about 30) of the States’ parks, forests and historic places, as well as to many National Parks.  Their usefulness varies between states.  Their GPS information might be nice to have in the field, but for general information about the trails, the individual state parks’ websites are easier to use.

  • Recreation.gov is ” your one-stop shop for trip planning, information sharing and reservations brought to you by 12 federal Participating Partners.”

  • stateparks.com is an amazing compilation of links and information about public land throughout the United States.

  • The Disabled Traveler’s Companion by Ron and Kay Wilmer, with great photography by their son, Roger Wilmer.  This excellent website gives information about five of the National Parks and Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Michigan.

  • United Spinal’s Techguide lists 41 websites with information on accessible “trails, paths and parks” throughout the United States.

  • Venture is an ezine devoted to accessible travel.

  • Washington State Accessible Trails actually has links to a lot more places than just Washington State.  Unfortunately, the majority of the links do not work at this time (2/14).

  • There are a number of searchable websites devoted to describing trails.  They are pretty useful although most do not address wheelchair accessibility and their estimate of “easy” might not coincide with yours.   Here are some of them:  AllTrails.com,  EveryTrail.com,  GORP,  Trails.com, American Trails

  • Wheelchairtraveling.com is an outstanding resource.  There is information about parks, trails, camping and many other opportunities.  There are a great many posts about accessible places in California as well as posts for Virginia, Colorado, Kentucky, Arizona, Hawaii, Wyoming, Alaska, Oregon, South Dakota, Mane, Florida, Utah and British Columbia.

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