The outdoors are for everybody — and there are plenty of hikes in our area that are friendly to wheelchairs, strollers, and other mobility aids. Get some fresh air on three of our favorite accessible trails.
Virginia Capital Trail
Explore this fully-paved trail that runs from the City of Richmond through Henrico, Charles City, and James City Counties. Pro tip: Richmonders can find easy access points at Great Shiplock Park and Dorey Park. Check out the Virginia Capital Trail’s planned itineraries, which include a 2.4 mile trip from Great Shiplock Park to Rocketts Landing and back.
This 1.9-mile loop is perfect for birding or just taking in the outdoorsy vibe. Plus, take a self-guided tour of the park and its historical sites. We recommend parking at the Bellevue Avenue lot where there is a designated accessible parking spot.
Cannon Creek Greenway
This 1.9-miles trail winds through the woods and is completely paved. Be aware: the trail isn’t completely flat (at an average grade of 8%) and has a steep section at the at 0.8-mile mark. So expect a workout or recruit some help.
What’s your go-to wheelchair-accessible trail? Let us know where we should explore next.
If you’re hunting for more hikes, we’ve got you. Check out our full guide to local hiking.