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published Feb 1, 2014
U.S. Access Board,
National Center on Accessibility
In 2007 the National Center on Accessibility (NCA) entered into an agreement with the U.S. Access Board and National Park Service to investigate natural firm and stable surface alternatives when creating accessible pedestrian trails, including crushed stones, packed soil, and other natural material.
posted May 10, 2018
On March 15, 2011, new Department of Justice rules took effect, specifying the “other power-driven mobility devices” (OPDMD) that could be used on trails by “individuals with mobility disabilities.” If you manage a trail that is open to the public this rule applies to your facility.
published Jun 1, 2006
An important goal of this plan is to provide integrated recreational experiences for all visitors—with and without disabilities—employing the principles of universal design that are incorporated into these accessibility design guidelines.
posted Dec 29, 2017
Building an accessible trail on the Boothbay Region Land Trust's Penny Lake Preserve.
The Potts Memorial Park Trail Project used $28,000 in Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds to make improvements to the trail, including making the trail more accessible to those with disabilities.
published Sep 15, 2010
Questions and Answers to help trail managers respond to recent Department of Justice rule on Wheelchairs and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (updated February 19, 2011)
posted Nov 5, 2019
Ramps, typically used for building access, are often provided on trails.
Montgomery County used RTP funds to add a universally accessible trail in Rotary Park.
published Sep 1, 2000
For the past several years, national forests around the country have been looking for ways to make areas more universally accessible, while maintaining a natural appearance that is not as distracting as concrete, asphalt, boardwalks, and other obviously manmade pathways.
Environmental Corps members construct an accessible trail in East Austin.
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Engineered ramp along vertical wall brings pedestrians and bikers from sidewalk along Speer Blvd down to Cherry Creek Trail, Denver
Ramp in downtown Reno, Nevada to trail along Truckee River; note level landing above pedestrian
Ramp leads visitors from parking lot down the slope to rail trail on Withlacoochie State Trail, Florida
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R.J. Thomas Mfg. Company Inc. / Pilot Rock
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