MARYLAND

Maryland 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 learn about more accessible natural areas from those of you 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 to the right.

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Miscellaneous

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Local

  • Wheelchair AccessibleDowns Park in Anne Arundel County has “more than 5 miles of paved and natural surface trails and a self-guided nature trail through woods and fields surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay.”  Yelp review.   At least some of the trails are wheelchair accessible, but I am not sure how much.   Call (410) 222-6230 to find out.

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Private

  • Cranesville Swamp Preserve   Nature Conservancy MD/DC     Nature Conservancy WV
    Trail Guide    Brochure    Phone WV 304-637-0160   Phone MD/DC 301-897-8570
    “This 2,000 acre preserve straddling Maryland and West Virginia features five trails, including a 1,500 foot boardwalk.”  I haven’t found any information as to whether you could get on the boardwalk in a wheelchair.
    ? “Although all trails are fewer than two miles and not difficult to walk, hiking boots are recommended as some trails may be muddy. “

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Miscellaneous

  • AllTrails Map of Trails in DC area  Difficulty and rating given for 137 trails in Virginia and Maryland surrounding the District of Columbia.

  • Family friendly trails in Maryland”   I am not sure just what constitutes “family friendly”, but if you find a trail through their website that interests you, try calling them at 1-877-333-4455 for more information.

  • Great Allegheny Passage  as in TrailLink
    Wheelchair Accessible“Now the longest rail-trail east of the Mississippi River, the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) spans two states in its course along great rivers and across mountain passes. Running from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cumberland, Maryland, the trail traces the paths of railroads that helped build America.”  Trail Grade and Surface

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

  • Three Notch Trail in Southern Maryland is a ten ft. wide, asphalt trail being constructed in pieces.  It will eventually extend 28 miles along an abandoned railroad right-of-way south from Hughesville in Charles County to Lexington Park in St. Mary’s County. Plans are for the entire trail to be ADA compliant.  Here is a map.

  • Wheelchair AccessibleThe Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail follows 21 miles of an old railroad bed from Ashland, Maryland north to the Maryland-Pennsylvania line.  I am not sure to what extent this trail passes through natural areas.  It does go through Gun Powder Falls State Park.

  • Wheelchair AccessibleWestern Maryland Rail Trail is 23 miles of paved trail which begins about one-half mile west of  Fort Frederick State Park and “winds along the Potomac River through rolling farmland, woodlands, and rural towns to its terminus at the southern slope of Sideling Hill Ridge.”

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