Accessibility Enhancement


Sassafras Mountain – South Carolina

At 3,553 feet, Sassafras Mountain soars at the border with North Carolina, and offers scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. These long-awaited projects were completed in early 2019 and the Peak Trail and observation tower officially opened to the public on April 22, 2019 (Earth Day).

A mobility-impaired trail and ramp, along with a paved road that travels to the top, allows access for people of all abilities, and bathrooms are in place beside the parking lot. On a clear day from the top of the tower, a visitor can see 30-50 miles into the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Recreational Trails Program funds were utilized to construct the accessible trail, ADA-compliant parking lot and restroom facility.

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2021: Chautauqua Bottoms Accessibility Upgrades

2020: Boardwalks and Observation Deck Rehab/Replacement

2018: Camp Creek Greenway - Georgia

2017: Talisi Riverwalk Trail Extension - Alabama

2016: Graber Pond Accessible Trail - Wisconsin

2015: Rotary Park Accessible Trail (Phase 2) - Tennessee

2014: Merrimack County Four-Season Northern Rail Trail - New Hampshire

2013: Beaman Park Accessible and Interpretive Trail - Tennessee

2012: The Children’s Center’s Life Trails and Therapeutic Park - Oklahoma

2011: Potts Memorial Park Trail Project - Missouri

2010: Laurel Fork Trail at Holly River State Park - West Virginia

2009: Southwest Key Trail - Texas

2008: Johnny Henderson Park Trail - Alabama

2008: Trails Accessibility Program - Florida

2007: Penny Lake Trail/Boothbay Harbor - Maine

2006: Springs Valley Trail - Indiana

2005: Trail Access Information for Northern Nevada

2004: Camp ASCCA Environmental Trail - Alabama

2003: Upper Roaring Brook Accessible Walkway and Fishing Pier - Rhode Island