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.

Accessible beaches

The following beaches have boardwalks, ramps, and beach mat to get on to the beach. Beach mat is usually placed seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Please contact the beach if you have questions about beach mat availability.

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, and beach wheelchairs.

Blue beach mat laid across the sand runs up to the bottom of a wooden ramp. A pavilion and a brick building are visible in the background.
The beach mat at Carson Beach.

Constitution Beach, East Boston: This beach has an accessible bath house, 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 concrete platform provides 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 one access point. Beach wheelchairs and two accessible bath houses are also provided.

A section of blue beach mat runs from the edge of a paved area down a sloped sandy path towards the water. Sandy dunes are on either side of the beach mat, roped off. A sign reads Welcome to Nahant Beach. The sign has a large number 2 below it.
The beach mat at Nahant Beach.

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

Revere Beach State Reservation, Revere: 2.5 miles of urban shoreline feature a promenade, bandstand, bath house, shade shelters, beach mat, and beach wheelchairs. This beach is easily accessible by public transportation.

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 to 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.

A section of blue beach mat extends from the edge of a boardwalk out towards the water. A second brown section of beach mat runs parallel to the shore line. To the left of the beach mat, two lifeguard chairs sit facing the water. Beach grass is gorinw on either side of the beach mat.
The beach mat at Fort Phoenix State Reservation connects to the boardwalk.

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.

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

Lake Wyola State Park, Shutesbury: A boardwalk runs to a bench at the water’s edge. Beach mat leads into the water, and a beach wheelchair is also provided.