Vermont has a number of trails with minimal obstacles.  Some are very easy and others are wheelchair accessible.  Here are just a few of them.
These links  were found through Internet search.  I would love some first-hand information.   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 in the sidebar.



  • Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests  Phone  802-747-6700
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Thundering Falls Trail   Guide  900′ of boardwalk in the Appalachian Trail leading to the sixth tallest waterfall in Vermont.  In Green Mountain National Forest near Killington.
    Wheelchair AccessibleRobert Frost Interpretive Trail   The first 0.3 miles across a beaver pond boardwalk to the South Branch f the Middlebury River is accessible for wheelchairs.  The 1.2 mile loop trail is an “easy walk” . 

  • Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge  Phone  802-868-4781  Brochure  Trails Brochure
    This is flat country and these trails seem to be easy from the web descriptions.  Be sure to check with the refuge to be sure they are suitable for you.
    Old Railroad Passage Trail  3 miles round trip.  “You’ll pass through Maquam Bog—home to rare and unique plant species such as rhodera, pitch pine and the state threatened Virginia chain fern. The trail ends at Maquam Bay, which provides habitat for waterfowl and other water birds.
    Black Creek and Maquam Creek Nature Trails 2.5 miles round trip.  “…you pass through fields that provide cover for small mammals and nesting habitat for birds, wooded lowland where you may see deer, beaver, leopard frogs, squirrels and rabbits, forest openings that provide habitat for woodcock, and wetlands providing habitat for waterfowl, reptiles, and amphibians—especially frogs.
    Stephen J. Young Marsh Observation Platform and Trail 1.25 mile loop.  A freshwater wetland
     Discovery Trail 1mile loop.  Trail goes “…past ponds, through fields and into the woods to the edge of the Maquam Bog. Walk along oak islands and boardwalks for an opportunity to see deer, red fox, coyote, songbirds and birds of prey.”

  • Wheelchair AccessibleSilvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge lies in four states.   Vermont has the 200 foot self-guided interpretive Mollie Beattie Bog boardwalk.

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  • City of Lebanon   Phone  603-448-5121
    Wheelchair AccessibleRiverfront Trail  at Riverside Park Pavilion & Skatepark  Trail length is not given.

    Alana Cole Conservation Area has an easy 0.5 mile trail  Map & Guide
    “…on the banks of the Connecticut River. It is an out-and-back trail, with a river loop at the outer end, all in the woods. At the far end of the loop, there are nice views of the river and some log benches.

  • Middlebury Area land Trust   Phone 802-388-1007
    Wheelchair Accessible 
    Otter View Park   0.5 mile “Otter View Park is 16 acres of wetlands, scenic vistas, and opportunities to view wildlife. The primary walking path at the park is universally accessible and the boardwalk is ADA-accessible.”

  • Town of Stowe  802-253-2705  “For more information on hiking in and around Stowe, contact us at 877-GO-STOWE for hiking maps and recommendations.”
    Wheelchair AccessibleRiverwalk  0.2 mile paved trail along the Little River.  It is not listed as ADA, but certainly looks like it should be accessible.  “Great views and easy terrain.”

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  • Equinox Preservation Trust  Phone 802-366-1400  Trails   Trail Map
    Pond Loop 0.75 mile  “Easy loop through beautiful hardwoods around Equinox Pond on a level woods road.”

  • Green Mountain Audubon Nature Center   Trail Map   Phone 802-434-3068
    Sensory Trail  0.5? mile loop.  Information on the internet about length and elevation vary widely and this trail does not appear on the trail map.  Their office was closed when I called.  Be sure to call in advance, Monday through Friday.

  • Hazen’s Notch  – High Ponds Farm   Phone 802-326-4799   Trail Map (winter)
      Recreation at High Ponds Farm
    Wheelchair AccessibleBeaver Ponds Trail Distance not given. “The first section of the trail is almost completely flat from the parking area to the first beaver pond on the right. This pond is visible from the parking area. It is also a flat walk beyond this pond to the junction with the Window Rock Trail and for the next 100 meters to the wheel chair accessible bridge over Flood Brook.”

  • Montshire Museum of Science  Phone 802-649-2200  Trails
    Opened originally in Hanover NH, the Montshire Museum is now based in Norwich VT.
    Wheelchair AccessibleMeadow Walk 0.3 mile  “a demonstration plot for native grasses, an enriched riverside environment for birds and other animals, and the solar-powered Meadow Sounds Kiosk.”
    Wheelchair AccessibleRiver Loop Trail  0.8 mile  “…winds along the Connecticut River.”

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  • Eshqua Bog Natural Area   Nature Conservancy  Phone 802-229-4425 or 802-884-8165
    Wheelchair AccessibleHandicap Accessible Boardwalk 460′  “Eshqua Bog is a botanical wonderland of cold-climate holdovers–small pockets of bog plant species and a two acre fen–from the post-glacial era 10,000 years ago. This preserve contains a diverse array of bog and fen plants: labrador tea, cotton grass, pitcher plants, showy lady’s slippers, larches and buckbean.”

  • Hike New England   This marvelous, searchable website lists hikes in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island with information about difficulty, length, elevation gain, and features. There are maps and photos for many of the hikes.  Using their Hike Finder, I did a search for Easy trails, 5 miles or less and came up with 51 trails!   Be aware that Easy for them, might not be easy enough for you.  Once you come up with a page for a sanctuary, park, forest, whatever, it would be wise to call for trail conditions.

  • The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy lists wheelchair accessible trails in Vermont.

  • The West River Trail  Lower Section Map    Map of Upper Section
    This is a 36 mile rail-trail along the West River Valley.  Description of the Lower Section from trailfinder, “The trail is flat, well drained, and some sections have been surfaced with stone dust. It is popular with runners, bikers (mountain or hybrid bike recommended), families, and those seeking a leisurely stroll.”

  • Wheelchair AccessibleTrail Finder   This wonderful site lets you plug in your parameters to come up with names and information on trails in Vermont and the Upper Valley of New Hampshire.  I put in “easy” and “wheelchair accessible” and brought up 25 trails in Vermont!  “Easy” and “nature and interpretive” brought up 24 trails, two in New Hampshire.

  • Upper Valley Trails Alliance  This helpful searchable website lists trails by town.  There are descriptions and links to maps.

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