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Oregon 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 to have some first-hand recommendations.  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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  •  Oregon State Parks   Interactive   Find a Park Map  phone 800-551-6949

  • Alderwood State Wayside  phone 541-937-1173
    Wheelchair AccessibleThis 76 acre park has a short trail along the Tom river.

  • Wheelchair AccessibleBanks-Vernonia State Trail  phone 503-324-0606 or 800-551-6949  About 26 miles west of Portland, this 21 mile rail trail is a “…tree-lined, easy-grade pathway [which] conducts you through sun-dappled glades and across swift, clear streams, filling your nose with wildflower scents and your ears with the songs of birds.”

  • Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint  phone 503-695-2261
    Wheelchair AccessibleUpper Interpretive Loop Trail is 1/2 mile and  “… takes visitors around the precipice of the cliffs of the Gorge”. “The trail is fenced beautifully with logged beams and wire to protect visitors along the viewpoint while maximizing every vantage point of the magnificent view of the Gorge.”

  • Ecola State Park  phone 503-436-2844  OregonHikers.org
    Hikerwithcane? Clatsop Loop Hike is a 3 mile gravel road and I have found some references implying that it is wheelchair accessible.  However, there is an elevation gain of 700 feet.

  • Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail   Bike Map  phone 541-387-4010  or 503-695-2261
    Wheelchair AccessibleBridge of the Gods Trailhead   The trail is ADA compliant for three miles before coming to a staircase with bikewheel grooves.
    Wheelchair AccessibleTooth Rock Trailhead  The trail going east from the trailhead is ADA compliant for one mile.

  • Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site  Brochure phone 541-432-4185
    Although the website for this site indicates some accessible hiking, the brochure does not. 
    HikerwithcaneThe trail system is less than one mile and judging from the map in the brochure, you could enjoy a nice walk from the South Main Street trailhead.

  • OC and E Woods Line State Trail   phone 541-883-5558   Brochure
    Wheelchair Accessible This is a 109 mile, rail-to-trail conversion is open to all non-motorized recreation from Klamath Falls , east to  Bly and north to Sycan Marsh.  Be sure to call ahead for up-to-date information on trail conditions and to be sure the section you are interested in is appropriate for you.   Currently (November, 2015) the Sprague River Bridge is closed to all traffic, even pedestrian.

  • Oregon State Parks possibilities   Oregon State Parks uses “symbols to represent major park features & activities. Blue icons mean some/all are ADA accessible.”  The following parks and recreation areas display the hiker symbol in blue on their website, but there are no descriptions of any accessible trails in the parks’ descriptions , brochures or maps.  You might try calling the parks for clarification.
    Collier Memorial State Park  phone 541-783-2471
    Crissey Field State Recreation Site  phone 541-469-0224
    Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area  phone 503-879-8-5814
    Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial Sate Park  phone 541-997-3851
    Lewis & Clark State Recreation Area phone 503-695-2261
    Prineville Reservoir State Park  541-447-4363
    Shore Acres State Park   541-888-3732
    Starvation Creek State Park 541-374-8811 or 503-695-2261

  • South Beach State Park   phone 541-867-4715  Brochure
    Wheelchair AccessibleSouth Jetty Trail is a paved one mile link between the park’s day-use are and south Jetty Road
    Wheelchair AccessibleInterpretive Boardwalk a 1/4 mile trail which “…gives all visitors access to the park’s oceanfront dunes and a sweeping view…”

  • The Valley of the Rogue State Park  541-582-1118  Brochure
    HikerwithcaneRiver’s Edge Interpretive Trail is an “…easy, self-guided interpretive walking rail [which] provides a relaxing 1.25 mile stroll along the river’s edge. “

  • Tryon Creek State Natural Area  phone 503-636-9886  Trail Map
    Wheelchair AccessibleTrillium Trail is 0.37 mile, paved, and has “….resting benches and viewing decks.  Trail features are identified along the way.” 

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Miscellaneous

  •  Access Oregon  published by Oregon Fish & Wildlife is a guide to fishing recreation areas throughout Oregon.

  • Access Recreation  Here is a wonderful project in Washington and Oregon.
    “Access Recreation [AR] is a Portland, Oregon ad hoc committee that has been developing uniform guidelines for minimum information that should be provided about hiking trails and outdoor recreational facilities, that would benefit hikers with disabilities.  These guidelines can be applied to websites, printed materials and at trail sites. …..When put into place, these guidelines will provide the public with easy access to better information on the accessibility of recreational and hiking trails in the states of Oregon and Washington and nationwide.”  Georgena Moran, founder and project coordinator,  says it is a “two-year project [ends June 2016] and as for now only two trails have been trail mapped the with video accompaniment.”   Article by Georgena,  “Trails for Everyone”.

  • Accessible Trails a website by Eileen Garvin is full of suggestions of places to go to enjoy “the breathtaking splendor of Oregon.”

  • Oregon Hikers Forum is a service of the Trailkeepers of Oregon, a non-profit organization.  They provide this marvelous Find a Hike page where you can put in your parameters to look for suitable hikes in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.  I chose easy Family hikes with an elevation gain less than 500′ and came up with 186 trails.  Limit that to 2 miles or less and you get 81.  The Trailkeepers also have the online Oregon Hikers Field Guide for hiking in Oregon and Southern Washington.

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

  • “Lots of options for wheelchair, stroller recreation”  This is a useful article from The Oregonian, by Terry Richard published March 23, 2008 and updated November 16, 3009.

  • Wheelchairtraveling.com  is an outstanding resource.

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