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.
Facilities, including trails for mobility-impaired in Everglades National Park
Information for the sight-impaired at Everglades National Park
Anhinga 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.”
Gumbo 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.”
Pineland Trail 0.4 mile trail trail “loops through a forest of pines, palmettos, and wildflowers.”
Pahayokee Overlook a 0.16 mile boardwalk loop
Mahogany 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.”
West 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.”
Bobcat 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.
“Perdido 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.
Naval Live Oaks The first loop of the 0.8 mile Breckenridge Trail is an “accessible boardwalk with tactile waysides.”
The 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.”
The 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.
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
Tarkiln 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.”
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.
Daytona Beach Brochure Wheelchairs
New Smyrna Beach Brochure
Smyrna Dunes Park in New Smyrna Beach (Volusia County)
This 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.
Here is a map of nature trails throughout Florida from Florida Hikes! They are all “an easy mile or less.” Each icon links to a photo and brief description.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy lists wheelchair accessible trails in Florida.
Wheelchairtraveling.com is an outstanding resource.