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.
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge – There are 22,135 acres, one third of which are wetlands.
Migrant’s Mile Nature Trail: There are two long boardwalks through cattail wetlands.
Birdhouse 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
Bottomland Nature Trail accessible loops of 0.5 or 0.75 mile.
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.
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.”
Indian 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.
Nature For The Blind has a directory of Braille trails for almost every state in the US and for many other countries.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy lists wheelchair accessible trails in Kansas.