KANSAS

Kansas has a lot of nature trails and I suspect many are easy walking or even accessible for wheelchair riders, but I can’t tell from the online descriptions.

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 in the sidebar.

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Federal

  • Quivira National Wildlife Refuge  – There are 22,135 acres, one third of which are wetlands.

    Wheelchair AccessibleMigrant’s Mile Nature Trail: There are two long boardwalks through cattail wetlands.

    HikerwithcaneBirdhouse Boulevard Nature Trail: A 0.2 mile loop just west of the visitors center.

  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is a partnership between the National Park Service and Nature Conservancy.   These 10,894 acres represent a small portion of the once vast tallgrass prairie.   Before the arrival of settlers and ranchers, it was the traditional land of the Kaw, Osage, Wichita, and Pawnee.
    Accessibility    Map & Brochure   Phone 620-273-8494
    Wheelchair AccessibleBottomland Nature Trail accessible loops of 0.5 or 0.75 mile.

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State

  • Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area is the largest marsh in the interior US.  “The area is considered the most important shorebird migration point in the western hemisphere. ”   “Although known primarily for birds, the area also contains raccoons, deer, beavers, muskrats, and mink as well as a variety of reptiles.”   There are hiking trails here, but you should call for accessibility.   Try Fort Hays State University’s Kansas Wetlands Eduction Center in Great Bend:  phone 620-566-1456 or toll free 1-877-243-9268.

  • Here is a list, with links, of Kansas State Parks.

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Local

  • Great Bend  – There is a seven mile paved levee road along the Arkansas River at Great Bend.  The site doesn’t mention accessibility, but since it is flat and paved it ought to be pretty easy.

  • Johnson County Park and Recreation District

    Wheelchair AccessibleErnie Miller Park and Nature Center has three miles of nature trails including a 1/4 mile self-guiding accessible nature trail.

    Wheelchair AccessibleSunflower Nature Park is a 60 acre park with a one mile accessible nature trail.

  • Merriam

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Turkey Creek Streamway Park Trail.  “Approximately four miles of paved, multi-use trail running from 75th Street to Antioch Road.  The trail route follows the path of Turkey Creek and passes through wooded areas, a butterfly garden, and several parks.”

  • Overland Park

    Wheelchair AccessibleIndian Creek Hike and Bike Trail  17 miles of paved trail with accessible parking at all trailheads which are in seven parks and a recreation center.

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Private

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Miscellaneous

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