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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 year-round. 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.

A woman with a visual impairment is walking along an accessible stonedust trail. She is holding the elbow of her sighted guide on her right and another program staff person is walking next to her on her left.

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. Plan to bring sun and bug protection as well as a backpack with your lunch and water bottle for the day.

Cost: $20 per person. One parent/friend/PCA of program participant with a disability can attend at no charge.

Hiking programs are limited to 8 participants per program. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register online. If you have any other questions, contact Brenda Kennedy Davies at  or (413) 259-0009.

Current hiking program schedule

Day Date Location City/Town
Thursday Sept. 30 Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park Uxbridge
Tuesday Oct. 19 Quabbin Reservoir Ware
Saturday Oct. 24 Maudslay State Park Newburyport
Tuesday Oct. 26 Borderland State Park N. Easton
Thursday Nov. 18 DAR State Forest Goshen
Thursday Dec. 2 Batchelor Brook Trailhead at Mt. Holyoke Range Amherst
Thursday Dec. 16 Breakheart Reservation Saugus