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.
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Assateague Island National Seashore has rental beach wheelchairs. Here is another website for it. The island “offers several miles of trails for either hiking or biking. About half are paved while the rest are open to foot traffic only.” The websites don’t talk about accessibility, but it looks as the trails would at least be easy. Call the Assateague Island National Seashore
Main Line: 410-641-1441 and dial #1 Maryland District Visitor Information to learn more.
Accessible camping in Maryland State Parks
Cunningham Falls State Park has a 1/4 mile accessible boardwalk that ends at the Cunningham Falls.
Rocks State Park has the Falling Branch trail to Kilgore Falls. As described in EveryTrail, it sounds short and easy, although you do need to cross a stream on stepping stones.
Downs 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.
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. “
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
“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
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 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.
Western 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.”