FLORIDA

Florida has a number of trails with minimal obstacles.  Some are very easy and others are wheelchair accessible.  Here are just a few of them.
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.

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Miscellaneous

Federal

  • Everglades National Park

    Facilities, including trails for  mobility-impaired in Everglades National Park

    Information for the sight-impaired at Everglades National Park

    Wheelchair AccessibleAnhinga Trail  0.8 mile round trip “…self-guiding trail winds through a sawgrass marsh, where you may see alligators, turtles, anhingas, herons, egrets, and many other birds, especially during the winter. This is one the most popular trails in the park because of its abundance of wildlife.”

    Wheelchair AccessibleGumbo Limbo Trail  0.4 round trip “… self-guiding, paved trail meanders through a shaded, jungle-like hammock of gumbo limbo trees (Bursera simaruba), royal palms (Roystonea elata), ferns, and air plants.”

    Wheelchair AccessiblePineland Trail  0.4 mile trail trail “loops through a forest of pines, palmettos, and wildflowers.”

    Wheelchair AccessiblePahayokee Overlook  a 0.16 mile boardwalk loop

    Wheelchair AccessibleMahogany Hammock Trail  0.5 mile “self-guiding boardwalk trail meanders through a dense, jungle-like hardwook “hammock.” Lush vegetation includes gumbo-limbo trees, air plants, and the largest living mahogany tree (Swietenia mahogani) in the United States.”

    Wheelchair AccessibleWest Lake Trail  .05 mile  “self-guided boardwalk trail wanders through a forest of white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa), black mangrove (Avicennia nitida), red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), and buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus) trees to the edge of West Lake.”

    Wheelchair AccessibleBobcat Boardwalk Trail  0.5 mile “self-guided boardwalk trail that meanders through the sawgrass slough and tropical hardwood forests.”

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore.  “Visitors can plan their trip to either the Florida District or to the Mississippi District. Each district provides recreation, barrier islands, salt marshes, historic structures and wildlife along the Gulf of Mexico.”   Accessibility         Loaner wheelchairs are available in both districts.
    Florida:
    Wheelchair AccessiblePerdido Key Discovery Trail and six beach cross-over boardwalks (two to sound; four to Gulf) are wheelchair accessible.”  call 850-934-2600 for more information.  Fort Pickens fishing pier is accessible.
    Wheelchair AccessibleNaval Live Oaks   The first loop of the 0.8 mile Breckenridge Trail is an “accessible boardwalk with tactile waysides.”
    Mississippi:
    HikerwithcaneThe Davis Bayou Trail takes visitors through a coastal forest and over two local bayous. The trail is approximately two miles long. AllTrails describes it as “good for all skill levels.”
    Wheelchair AccessibleThe short boardwalk over Stark Bayou is the only part of the trail that is wheelchair accessible.
    “Boardwalk trails, campsites and fishing pier are accessible.”  For information call Davis Bayou Visitor center at 228-875-9057.

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State

  • Florida State Parks Accessible facilities.  A number of state parks are listed as having accessible trails.  However, most of the links do not work and even when they do, there are few description of the trails.

  • Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park

    Wheelchair AccessibleTarkiln Bayou Trail – “The Tarkiln Bayou Trail is a 1.3 mile (round trip) trail on sidewalk and boardwalk and is stroller/wheelchair accessible. The trail leads you through several ecosystems including pine flatwoods, wet prairie and pitcher plant habitats.  The boardwalk ends with a scenic overlook on undeveloped Tarkiln Bayou, where you may see mullet jumping out of the water or possibly dolphins looking for an easy meal.”

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Local

  • Altamonte Springs

    Wheelchair AccessibleLake Lotus Park  is a 150 acre nature preserve and has a mile long boardwalk and other trails.  Here is a description from Florida Hikes.

  • Volusia County  Phone 386-239-7873
    These beaches do not offer the kind of natural trails this website is really about, but they do offer facilities for disabled visitors.
    Wheelchair AccessibleDaytona Beach  Brochure  Wheelchairs

    Wheelchair AccessibleNew Smyrna Beach  Brochure

    Smyrna Dunes Park in New Smyrna Beach (Volusia County)
    Wheelchair AccessibleThis park has “… over 2 miles of boardwalk with views of the Indian River, Ponce Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean. A great view of the lighthouse while walking. Meet other dog lovers and see a wide variety of animals, birds, reptiles, marine life and vegetation in their natural habitat. Note: pets must be leashed at all times.”  This quote is from the New Smryna Beach Visitors Center site.

  • West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation

    Grassy Waters Preserve has a number of attractive-sounding trails.  Call for trail conditions: 561-804-4985

    Wheelchair AccessibleThe Cypress Boardwalk Trail goes .65 miles through marsh and cypress swamp.  It is “wheelchair and stroller friendly”.

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Private

  • The Audobon Society’s  Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary near Naples:  “A 2.25 mile boardwalk snakes its way through five habitats and is open to the public 365 days a year except during severe weather.”  There is also another, one mile boardwalk.

  • Gatorland, Orlando
    Gatorland, Orlando, FL
    © Cathy & Gordon Illg

     

    Wheelchair AccessibleGatorland, Orlando is described by one reviewer at Trip Advisor as “very wheelchair friendly”  Thank you Cathy and Gordon Illg for the great photo.   Gatorland plans to have zip line starting in the fall of 2014 that will allow visitors with lower-body disabilities to glide over the alligators.

  • St. Augustine Alligator Farm
    St. Augustine Alligator Farm
    © Gordon and Cathy Illg

    Wheelchair Accessible

    The St. Augustine Alligator Farm has rave reviews from Trip Advisor and others.  Here is a shot of their boardwalk, thanks to photographers Gordon and Cathy Illg.

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Miscellaneous

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