NEW JERSEY

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 to the right.

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Federal

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  • Bass River State Forest – “The Bass River State Forest recreational facilities are partially accessible for persons with disabilities. Please contact the park office for further information regarding disability access needs. Text telephone (TT) users, call the New Jersey Relay Service at (800) 852-7899”

  • Brendan T. Byrne State Forest  Trail Map  Contact: 609-726-1191
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Cranberry Trail  1.1 mile loop.  The blog South Jersey Trails has some images of it.

    Hikerwithcane The sandy, pine needle-covered trails to Pakim Pond and Mt. Misery appear to be quite easy, although maybe longer than you would want to complete.  They are described in nj hiking.

  • Cape May Point State Park    (609) 884-2159
    Wheelchair AccessibleRed Trail  “is .5 miles, and is wheel chair accessible. This trail offers hikers access to both the lighthouse pond west and east. Each pond has a blind or platform at the water’s edge to view wading birds, ducks, swans, as well as the occasional osprey…..”
    HikerwithcaneThere are two other easy, short trails – the 1.5 mile Yellow Trail and 2.0 mile Blue trail.   You may need to step up to and down from boardwalks, but I was told by the attendant at the visitor’s center that they are in no way strenuous.

  • Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park   609-924-5705   Map
    Wheelchair Accessible“Both the Main Canal Trail, which runs 34 miles in length, and the Feeder Canal Trail at 31.5 miles are ADA accessible.”  

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Private

  • Duke Farms     Interactive Map  Map layer of accessible trails  Trip Advisor Reviews
    Wheelchair AccessibleDuke Farms is  “located on 2,740 acres in Hillsborough, Somerset County, N.J.”  There are “18 miles of paved, gravel, wood-chipped and mown-grass trails and pathways through a variety of habitats.”  James Hanson, their helpful manager of digital media and GIS, wrote that “The only place with a moderate slope is around the Old Foundation, otherwise all the paved roads and paths are relatively flat. The Farm Barn Orientation Center and Orchid Range both contain automatic push-button doors and handicap restrooms.”

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Miscellaneous

  • Hiking New Jersey  Trails Finder    This is a comprehensive website with information about and links to many hiking trails in New Jersey.  Lengths, ease, and GPS coordinates are given and the links take you to detailed descriptions.

  • The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has a searchable site for finding hiking trails.  By choosing “Handicap Accessible” I came up with a list of links to nine Accessible trails

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

  • Short Hikes in New Jersey.  Here is a nice site describing  “Trail maps, photos, videos, and info for some trails in New Jersey that are easy or short. These trails are either under 4 miles and/or easy – suitable for beginning hikers or anyone looking for an easy day hike.”

     

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