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Jun 2, 2023

Where Can I Find Wheelchair-Accessible Trails in NYS?

Accessible Walking Trails for New Yorkers

Spending time outdoors and experiencing all that nature has to offer is one of the best parts about summer in New York State! But have you ever found yourself unable to enjoy the great outdoors because all the walking paths are either too muddy, wet, or rocky to access? With summer right around the corner, we’ve put together a list of some beautiful wheelchair-accessible trails perfect for your next adventure!


Western NY


   Findley Lake Loop - Findley Lake Loop is approximately 5 miles long and is located about 15 miles south of Lake Erie in Chautauqua County, NY. This trail is completely paved and wheelchair-accessible. Fun Fact: Findley Lake was formed when the town's founder, Alexander Findley, built a dam to power his mill!


   Jenny Glen Boardwalk - Located in the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in North Java, NY, Jenny Glen Boardwalk is less than a half-mile long loop. There are other trails throughout the nature center, most of which are not paved but have great views.


   Red House Lake Loop - This trail is 2.7 miles long and is located in Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County, NY. Red House Lake Loop offers a beautiful view of Red House Lake. Allegany State Park also offers camping, bike trails, and more.


Finger Lakes


   Seneca Lakeshore Trail - This beautiful trail is located in Sampson State Park in Seneca County, NY. An out-and-back trail that is 3.3 miles long with a stunning view of Seneca Lake, Sampson State Park offers camping, playgrounds, fishing, and boating—fun for the whole family.


   Denison Loop - This trail is located in Denison Park in Corning, NY. Featuring a loop of less than a mile with a great water view, Denison Park offers a wide variety of recreation such as sports, swimming, and playgrounds. 


   Enfield Falls Swimming Hole - Located in the beautiful Robert H. Treman state park, this trail is less than a half-mile, out-and-back. The trail brings you to a natural waterfall-fed swimming hole—a gorgeous sight that should not be missed.


Southern Tier


  Schnurbusch Interior Loop - This trail is approximately a half-mile long loop that is located in Schnurbusch Park near Conklin, NY. The trail offers a view of the north branch of the Susquehanna River. Schnurbusch Park is the largest park in Conklin offering various sports facilities, a pool, and hosts a number of events, including concerts.


  Otsiningo Park - This trail is located in Otsiningo Park in Binghamton, NY and has approximately 3.5 miles of paved trails, some with a view of a nice little pond. The Park also has a playground, volleyball and is host to a number of events. 

Central NY


  Butternut Creek Trail - This trail is located in the Butternut Creek Recreational Area in Dewitt, NY and is 1.6 miles long. Along this leisurely stroll, you will cross the Old Erie Canal using a nice foot bridge.


  Shoreline Walking Trail - Located in Onondaga County Park in Syracuse, NY, this out-and-back trail is about 4.9 miles long and will take you along the expansive Onondaga Lake. Fun fact: The Onondaga County Park is often referred to as the “Central Park of Central, NY.”


  Rogers Environmental Center - What locals affectionately call “Rogers” is located in Sherburne, NY. There are several hiking trails within Rogers Center along with a nicely paved walking path that allows access to the visitor center, fish ponds, and a bird cabin. Take a stroll over the footbridge and see if you can spy on the huge turtles who live in the pond! 


Adirondack Region


  Fish Creek Loop Trail - This walking trail is about 4.6 miles long and is located near Tupper Lake, NY. The paved path loops around the entire circumference of the lake offering stunning water views.


  Mirror Lake Loop - This trail is about 2.6 miles long and loops around Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake is a fairly busy lake which offers plenty of summertime recreation so bring the whole family.


Hudson Valley


  Walden-Wallkill Valley Rail Trail - The Walden-Wallkill Valley Rail Trail used to be a railway that provided goods transport for local farmers in the area. The trail is 6.1 miles long near Walden, NY.


  Walkway over the Hudson - This is a 3.2 miles long trail with a walkway crossing the beautiful Hudson River. Located near Poughkeepsie, NY, this path is easily accessible, paved, and offers stunning views.

Capitol Region


  Spring Run Trail - This out-and-back trail is approximately 2 miles long and is located close to Saratoga Springs, NY. Spring Run Trail offers year-round access that is maintained by the City of Saratoga and is known for having over 100 bird species that explorers can view throughout the year.


  Congress Park Loop - This trail is located within Congress Park in Saratoga Springs, NY and is just shy of one mile long. Congress Park is a beautiful area with fountains, wildlife, and gazebos.