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.
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Maps Trail Map (843) 784-2468 Reviewed on Trip Advisor Thanks to Ranger Amy Ochoa for the following information:
The 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.”
? “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.”
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:
West 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.
Lodge 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
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.”
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 Park – 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.
Moccasin 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.
Tallulah 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.”
The three mile Shortline trail is described as easy.
There are a couple of overlooks accessed via a recycled rubber tire trail from the Interpretive Center.
A mixture of locations are described at the website NE Georgia Mountains ADA Accessible Outdoor Places to Visit
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has listings of wheelchair accessible trails in Georgia.