GEORGIA

State flower, Cherokee rose
Cherokee rose, the Georgia state flower at Skidaway State Park

Georgia 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 in the sidebar.

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Federal

  • Big Oaks Recreation Area  on Hartwell Lake  Map  Hartwell Lake office phone 888-893-0678
    Reviewed on tripadvisor
    Wheelchair AccessibleHartwell Dam Walking Trail  1.37 miles one-way “follows the shoreline of Hartwell Lake from Big Oaks up to the concrete portion of the dam on the Georgia side.”

  • Savannah National Wildlife Refuge  Maps  Trail Map   (843) 784-2468 Reviewed on Trip Advisor   Thanks to Ranger Amy Ochoa for the following information:
    Wheelchair AccessibleThe only wheelchair accessible trail is at the Visitor Center is an 800 ft. long paved trail “that runs from one side of the side to the other. ”  However there is “an outstanding 4.25 mile wildlife drive that visitors can drive around and get … the same wildlife viewing opportunities as walking on the trails…..pretty much anywhere along it there’s room for a car to pull to the side, stop, even get out and look, while still allowing room for a vehicle to pass by.”
    Hikerwithcane?  “
    The trails are all the same surface; grass covered, earthen dikes.  They’re not always mowed, depending on the availability of heavy equipment operators to run the large mower, so things like fire ants and snakes could be present and not easily seen.  Like any earthen path, they would all be subject to holes, bumps, etc. that could trip up someone not sure-footed.” 

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  • The State of Georgia makes available this PDF chart addressing accommodations,  activities, and accessibility of Georgia State Parks.
    There are ADA Assessments for all of Georgia Parks trails. “These accessibility assessments are maintained at each state park and historic site where the trails are located and are available for review and/or can be provided electronically by directly contacting the state park or historic site office. For further information, contact Larry Blankenship at 404-656-6524.”

  • Amicalola Falls State Park has two wheelchair accessible trails that are briefly described on this website:

    Wheelchair AccessibleWest Ridge Falls Access Trail – 0.3 miles in length. Rated easy to moderate. Wheelchair accessible with gentle slope. One of the best views of the falls and one of the easier trails. Trail surface is flat and coated with recycled tires.

    Wheelchair AccessibleLodge Loop – 0.25 mile loop. Rated easy. Wheelchair accessible. Paved surface with educational displays. Trail is lighted for early morning and/or evening use.”

  • Black Rock Mountain State Park is in Rabun County.  Terry Guthrie  sent these photos.  He writes, “The park has two accessible overlooks on the way to the visitor’s center, and the visitor’s center itself provides good views.”  I am putting more of Terry’s photos in the Photography page.  Trail Map  Park phone 706-746-2141

    To Blue Ridge Overlook
    Access to Blue Ridge Overlook
    ©Terry Guthrie
    Fall Color
    Fall color, Black Rock Mt. State Park
    ©Terry Guthrie


    Black Rock Lake in Black Rock Mountain State Park.  The trail around the lake is .8 mile long and is rated easy.  Thank you to Rex Matthews, who wrote that “There is no nearby handicapped parking access, the trail is flat but not paved or surfaced, and they prefer that people not try to take wheelchairs on it due to rutting, etc.”

    Boardwalk
    Accessible boardwalk at Black Rock Lake
    ©Terry Guthrie

    Fishing dock
    Fishing dock at Black Rock Lake
    ©Terry Guthrie

  • Crooked River State Park – There are several short nature trails described in the website, which sound as if they would be easy walking, but there is no indication of wheelchair accessibility.

  • Fort Yargo State ParkWheelchair Accessible – The site says there is an accessible nature trail near the cottages, which are also accessible, but it doesn’t say how long or where it goes.

  • Wheelchair AccessibleMoccasin Creek State Park – This small park by Lake Burton has an accessible fishing pier and a one mile accessible interpretive trail.

  • Panola Mountain State Park
    The 3/4 mile Outcrop Trail was referred to as a “handicap access trail” in a now defunct guide.  I will update this when I learn its status.  Trail map and Guide   Phone 770-389-7801

    There is a two mile self-guided nature trail and a 12 mile paved trail, which connects Panola Mountain with Arabia Mountain and Stonecrest Mall.

  • Wheelchair AccessibleRedtop Mountain State Park  – Lakeside Trail  is a paved 3/4 mile loop by Lake Altoona.

    Trails descriptions   Trails map

    Rave reviews from Yelp

  • Skidaway Island State Park

    Wheelchair AccessibleThe one mile Sandpiper Trail loop is a delightful glimpse into the ecology of the Golden Isles.  The three mile Big Ferry trail is easy, but not so much for a wheelchair.

    Here are some positive reviews from Trip Advisor

    Sandpiper trail
    Medium tide at the Sandpiper Trail

    Cherokee rose by trail
    Cherokee rose at the start of the 1 mile Sandpiper Trail

  • Tallulah Gorge State Park – Here is a trail map with descriptions

    Wheelchair AccessibleTallulah Falls Rail-Trail  as described in the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website: “From its trailhead beside Tallulah Falls Lake the 1.7-mile paved path meanders through a beautiful southern Appalachian forest and crosses a small suspension bridge over the Tallulah River.”

    Wheelchair AccessibleThe three mile Shortline trail is described as easy.

    Wheelchair AccessibleThere are a couple of overlooks accessed via a recycled rubber tire trail from the Interpretive Center.

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