Adaptive hiking programs

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

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

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 from a quarter mile to one mile long on easy to moderate terrain. Some hikes are up to three miles long on more challenging terrain. You must sign a release form and meet Universal Access Program Essential Eligibility Criteria for hiking.

The parks listed below are regularly used in our hiking program. Locations and dates vary by year. To learn about upcoming hikes, sign up for our twice-annual newsletter by email or by snail mail.

Common hiking locations

Location

Town

Theme

 

Blue Hills Reservation

Milton

Pond-side hike

 

Borderland State Park

Sharon

Mansion tour

 

Breakheart Reservation

Saugus

Forest hike

Chicopee Memorial State Park

Chicopee

Reservoir-side hike

 

D.A.R. State Forest

Goshen

Letterboxing

 

Dunn State Park

Gardner

ADA celebration

 

Fall River Heritage State Park

Fall River

Riverside walk

Georges Island

Boston Harbor

Ferry trip and fort tour

 

Great Brook Farm State Park

Carlisle

Dairy tour & ice cream

 

Halibut Point State Park

Rockport

Quarry tour

 

Maudslay State Park

Newburyport

Haunted hike

 

Mt. Tom State Reservation

Holyoke

Beaver pond exploration

 

Pittsfield State Forest

Pittsfield

Nature scavenger hunt

 

Quabbin Reservoir

Ware

Outlook tower hike

Robinson State Park

Feeding Hills

Nature activities

 

Rutland State Park

Rutland

Letterboxing

 

Spectacle Island

Boston Harbor

Ferry trip and island tour

 

Walden Pond State Reservation

Concord

Pond-side hike

 

Webb Memorial State Park

N. Weymouth

Beach scavenger hunt

 

Wendell State Forest

Wendell

Pond-side hike

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