Accessible beaches

Find accessible coastal and freshwater beaches in Massachusetts state parks.

Beaches in our state parks are made accessible with boardwalks, beach mat, and ramps. Many beaches also offer beach wheelchairs for use on the sand or in the water. Beach mat is usually placed seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Please contact the beach if you have questions about beach mat availability, and be sure to check the current waterfront services at the beach you want to visit.

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Boston Region

Carson Beach, South Boston: This 3 mile urban shoreline has a paved pedestrian walkway that runs from Castle Island to the Kennedy Library. The beach offers a bath house, an accessible fishing pier, beach mat onto the beach, and beach wheelchairs.

Blue beact mat runs out towards the water. A sailboat is moored on the left, and a plane is taking off in the air on the right.

Constitution Beach in East Boston.

Constitution Beach, East Boston: This beach has an accessible bath house, accessible picnic tables under a pavilion, beach mat, and beach wheelchairs. You can enjoy views of Boston Harbor and Logan Airport. The beach is accessible by public transportation.

North Region

Ashland State Park, Ashland: A paved path leads from parking to the accessible bath house, and on to a concrete platform with seating at the edge of the Ashland Reservoir. Steps and a ramp, both with handrails, lead into the water.

Nahant Beach Reservation, Nahant: Long Beach offers a boardwalk running parallel to the beach, along with beach mat at Access Point 2. Beach wheelchairs and two accessible bath houses are also provided.

Revere Beach State Reservation, Revere: 2.5 miles of urban shoreline feature a promenade, bandstand, bath house, shade shelters, and beach wheelchairs. Beach mat is placed at the Shirley Ave bathhouse and Access Point 33. This beach is easily accessible by public transportation.

Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury: This popular 3.8 mile ocean beach has boardwalks over the dunes and beach mat to both the ocean and the Merrimac River at Access Point R1. All three bath houses are accessible. There are many beach wheelchairs available to use on the sand or in the water.

Beach mat comes from the left to a T with another run of beach mat running along water. A bench is next to the mat.

The Merrimac River at Salisbury Beach State Reservation.

South Region

Houghton’s Pond, Blue Hills Reservation, Milton: An interpretive boardwalk provides an accessible route down to the beach and bath house. Beach mat and beach wheelchairs provide access into the water at the pond.

Demarest Lloyd State Park, Dartmouth: Access to this rocky beach is provided with beach mat and beach wheelchairs.

Fort Phoenix State Reservation, Fairhaven: A boardwalk transitions to beach mat for access to the beach. An accessible bath house and beach wheelchairs are also available.

Horseneck Beach State Reservation, Westport: 2 miles of shoreline are accessible via a paved route between the dunes and beach mat. Beach wheelchairs are also available. The surf conditions at Horseneck Beach usually prevent you from using floating beach chairs in the water. Please check with the lifeguards on duty at the beach about using chairs in the water.


Beach mat comes in from the left to T with mat running along the water's edge of a pond surrounded by trees.

Fearing Pond in Myles Standish State Forest.

Myles Standish State Forest, Carver: The Fearing Pond Day Use Area has beach mat that runs out to the beach and along the water's edge.

Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sandwich: This beach has beach mat, beach wheelchairs, and an accessible bath house on the Cape Cod Bay. The Reservation also has a an accessible salt-water fishing pier on the Cape Cod Canal.

South Cape Beach State Park, Mashpee: Enjoy a boardwalk and a viewing platform, along with beach mat and two beach wheelchairs.

Central Region

Erving State Forest, Erving: A ramp with handrails and beach mat lets you cross the beach and enter the lake.

West Region

A boardwalk cuts through a lawn towards a lake with a wooded shoreline.

The boardwalk at Lake Wyola State Park.

Lake Wyola State Park, Shutesbury: A boardwalk next to the beach offers access to the water for fishing. At the beach, beach mat leads into the water.

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