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Adaptive hiking programs

These hiking programs provide adaptive equipment and staff support during group excursions.

The Universal Access Program offers adaptive hiking programs from June through October each year. Adaptive equipment and staff support help you explore trails at a leisurely pace. Equipment includes mountain wheelchairs, all-terrain wheelchairs and walkers, crutches, and gait belts.

Five hikers are standing on a smooth dirt path. The ocean is on one side of them and a grassy, sloping hillis on the other. Two of the hikers are sitting in wheelchairs with rugged tires and rickshaw poles attached to the front. One hiker is using a cane, and another is using an all-terrain walker with three wheels. One of the hikers in a wheelchair is being pulled by a young woman with a volunteer name tag.
These hikers are using our all-terrain wheelchairs and all-terrain walker on an adaptive hike on the Boston Harbor Islands.

These group outings include time to chat with and meet your fellow hikers. Each hike offers nature interpretation and activities unique to the park. Most hikes are between a quarter mile and one mile long on easy to moderate terrain. Some hikes are up to three miles long on more challenging terrain. You must fill out a release form and meet our essential eligibility criteria for hiking. Bring a lunch and enjoy nature activities, scavenger hunts, letterboxing, and more.

Cost: $3 per person, $12 per family, $25 per group.

Pre-registration is required. Contact us for times and other details. Call or text Brenda Kennedy Davies at (413) 259-0009 or email

2019 hiking program schedule

Out of an abundance of caution due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the 2020 adaptive hiking programs have been suspended. Below is our 2019 hiking schedule. 




June 27

Great Brook Farm State Park, Carlisle

Dairy barn tour and ice cream party

July 11

Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord

History of Thoreau & pond-side hike

July 18

Mt. Tom State Reservation, Holyoke

Beaver pond exploration

July 19

Dunn State Park, Gardener ADA Celebration

July 25

Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Norfolk Sensory stroll

August 26

Robinson State Park, Feeding Hills

Civilian Corporation Corps discoveries

September 5

Halibut Point State Park, Rockport Ocean break and quarry hike

September 26

Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, Uxbridge

Hike along historic canals

October 3

Borderland State Park, Easton

Mansion tour

October 19

Maudslay State Park, Newburyport Haunted hike

October 24

Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield

Fall foliage fun