Most of the links given were found through Internet search. Some places I have been able to visit and a few have been recommended to me by other people who have been there. With your help, we can share our knowledge with disabled people everywhere and also increase awareness of the need for more accessibility. Please e-mail me with your suggestions using the form to the right.
Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Reserve is a birding area near Fairbanks. It covers 1800 acres of wetland, forest, ponds, and open fields. There are three nature trails, described as “flat and easy” by visitors. Call 907-459-7307 for more information. Here are some reviews from Trip Advisor. To avoid disappointment, it would be wise to call to learn the best times to coincide with the birds’ migration and to check trail conditions. Laurie Boeck, Refuge Manager, wrote me that “Creamer’s does have an handicapped accessible loop in a typical year, but this year has been an exception with the persistent flooding events (we flooded again on Monday [9/1/14]). The boreal forest trail is also a relatively easy walking, and while it is not up to ADA standards, it is a flat trail with frequently placed benches for people to rest as they traverse the trail. ” Thanks to Ontario artist Terry Best for telling me about it.
Katmai National Park – The Great Outdoors Recreation Pages Web site (GORP) includes a section on accessibility in Katmai NP.
Here is a list of accessible facilities in Alaska State Parks.
Accessible Alaska Cruises organize wheelchair accessible cruises to most tourist ports in Alaska.
If your only disability is stamina and you are still capable of climbing ladders and in and out of bunks, I strongly recommend a trip on one of the small cruising boats in Alaskan waters. I spent a week on the M/V Catalyst and had a fabulous time.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy lists wheelchair accessible trails in Alaska.
Wheelchairtraveling.com is an outstanding resource.