Accessible Hikes in the Midwest

Showing all 33 accessible hikes.

Shut-Ins Trail Loop

Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Missouri

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

A spectacular springtime view of the East Fork Black River from the Ozark Trail
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.75 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Braille Trail Loop

Elephant Rocks State Park, Missouri

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

The elephant rocks and the green forest beyond
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.9 miles roundtrip
Time 30 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Taum Sauk Mountain (Missouri State Highpoint) and Mina Sauk Falls Loop

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, Missouri

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

The rolling green Ozarks from a glade on the Mina Sauk Trail
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.2 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Interdune Boardwalk

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

The wheelchair accessible boardwalk with dunes on either side
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.4 miles roundtrip
Time 20 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Big Room Loop

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

The Chandelier as seen from the Top of the Cross
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.25 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly No
Accessible Yes

Smith Spring Trail

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Manzanita Spring with Nipple Hill in the background
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly No
Accessible Yes

Presidential Trail

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

The famous four presidents on Mount Rushmore
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.3 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly No
Accessible Yes

Fossil Exhibit Trail

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Spiky badlands formations in the distance
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.25 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly No
Accessible Yes

Norbeck Overlook

Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Looking west towards the bright sun over Black Elk Peak
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.3 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Breezy Point

Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Typical Black Hills rock formations seen in the distance
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.3 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Window Trail

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

The end of this trail is a window into the awesome formations of the badlands
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.25 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly No
Accessible Yes

Bond Falls

Ottawa National Forest, Michigan

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

The majestic Bond Falls from the accessible viewing platform
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Agate Falls

Ottawa National Forest, Michigan

Monday, September 10th, 2018

The beautifully cascading waters of Agate Falls
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.3 miles roundtrip
Time 20 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Panorama Point (Nebraska State Highpoint)

Panorama Point, Nebraska

Friday, June 15th, 2018

That's me at the marker for the highest point in Nebraska!
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.1 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Hawkeye Point (Iowa State Highpoint)

Hawkeye Point, Iowa

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

This highpoint monument has signs pointing to every other highpoint in the U.S.
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.1 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Gooseberry Falls Accessible Route

Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Middle Falls from the viewing area
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Indian Mounds and Overlook Loop

Indian Mounds Regional Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Snow covers these historic burial sites
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.5 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Riverside Trail

William O'Brien State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The view of the St. Croix River between the trees
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.6 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Bog Walk Hiking Club Trail

Lake Bemidji State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The lake view at the end of the bog walk
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Rice Lake Trail and Twin Lakes Loop

Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Beautiful fall colors on one of the Twin Lakes
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.75 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Lion's Den Trail Loop

Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve, Wisconsin

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Lake Michigan from atop the bluffs
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Wetlands Trail Loop

Crosby Farm Regional Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Tall cattails and algae blooms in the marsh
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Kakabeka Falls Boardwalk and Mountain Portage Trail

Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, Ontario

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The second highest waterfall in Ontario: Kakabeka Falls
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.1 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Plantain Lane

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Looking at the creek from the bridge on Plantain Lane
Rating ★☆☆☆☆(1/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.4 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Ouimet Canyon Loop

Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, Ontario

Monday, August 14th, 2017

The impressive Ouimet Canyon
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.6 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Waterfalls Area

Minneopa State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

The larger of the two waterfalls at Minneopa State Park
Rating ★★☆☆☆(2/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.2 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Rice Creek Loop

Rice Creek North Regional Trail, Minnesota

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Tall grass and scattered trees comprise the landscape here
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Mississippi Headwaters

Itasca State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Looking out on Lake Itasca from the Headwaters of the Mississippi River
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.5 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

High Falls Trail

Grand Portage State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The main event: High Falls at Grand Portage State Park
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Elmer L. Andersen Trail

Tony Schmidt Regional Park, Minnesota

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Afternoon sun shining over the landscape
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Mount Tom

Sibley State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The observation tower on top of Mount Tom.
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Goose Lake to Dog Park Loop

Elm Creek Park Reserve, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

The grasslands of Elm Creek Park Reserve on a sunny day in March.
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Big Bog Boardwalk

Big Bog State Recreation Area, Minnesota

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Looking east at the bog
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes