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 through October each year. Adaptive equipment and staff support help you explore trails at a leisurely pace. Equipment includes mountain wheelchairs, all-terrain 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.

The parks listed below are regularly used in our hiking program. Locations and dates vary by year. To learn about upcoming hikes, contact us to sign up for our newsletter.

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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