Exploring the great outdoors can be difficult when you have limited mobility. Many state parks offer some accessible features. These include trails, campsites, restrooms or exhibits.
Keep in mind that nature can play havoc with accessible facilities outdoors. Floods carve gullies in trails, drought leaves fishing piers and boat launches high and dry, and winds down tree limbs that block paths. Even wild critters can damage accessible facilities.
Always call a park before you visit to ask about its accessible features.
Call the reservation center to request an accessible campsite (1-800-389-8900).
Parks with accessible features
- Abilene State Park - A short boardwalk to a wildlife viewing platform in the Day Use Area. The 1.5-mile Eagle Trail that leads to the Buffalo Wallow Pond is made of hard surface caliche.
- Barton Warnock Visitor Center - The interior of the Visitor Center is considered accessible.
- Bastrop State Park - The park has several wheelchair accessible campsites, cabins, group facilities, and picnic sites, as well as fishing access.
- - An interpretive trail, the two-story-high hawk tower, and two wildlife photography blinds are ADA-certified, wheelchair-accessible. The park trams also have ramps and space for at least one person sitting in a wheelchair. The park is closed to private vehicles, so about 3.5 miles of paved road is used only by TPWD and other official vehicles. The road is very safe and quiet for bicycles and wheelchairs.
- Big Bend Ranch State Park - Plans are being made for the first portion of the Ojito Adentro trail to be wheelchair accessible.
- Big Spring State Park - Combined scenic drive and walking route (paved road surface) measures 2.4 miles. The Group Pavilion and Picnic Area are wheelchair accessible.
- Brazos Bend State Park - The interpretive trail, Visitor Center and Exhibits, and trail to fishing pier are wheelchair accessible. The Creekfield Lake Nature Trail is fully paved and takes you on a .5-mile loop of an outstanding wetland area. Look for a series of interpretive panels with tactile bronzes of wetland wildlife along the trail, and an accessible boardwalk and observation deck for wildlife viewing, rest areas with shaded benches, and an audio-described tour (available for checkout from the park headquarters). The "Habitats and Niches" exhibit includes an unusual "hands-on" alligator discovery area, a tactile model of the park, and an open-captioned orientation video for people with hearing impairments.
- Caddo Lake State Park - The park has a wheelchair accessible fishing pier. Two of the park cabins and some of the campsites are accessible, as well as some of the group facilities, an interpretive trail, and the picnic area.
- Caprock Canyons State Park - Fishing pier
- Cedar Hill State Park - Courtesy dock at boat ramp
- Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit - Boardwalk trail and fishing jetty
- Choke Canyon State Park - South Shore Unit - Fishing pier and courtesy dock at boat ramp
- Cooper Lake State Park - Courtesy dock at boat ramp
- Eisenhower State Park - Fishing pier
- Fairfield Lake State Park - Fishing pier
- Falcon State Park - Fishing pier
- Fort Parker State Park - Fishing pier and courtesy dock at boat ramp
- Goliad State Historic Park - Fishing bank
- Huntsville State Park - Two fishing piers
- Inks Lake State Park - Two fishing piers
- Lake Arrowhead State Park - Fishing pier
- Lake Brownwood State Park - Fishing pier
- Lake Colorado City State Park - Fishing pier
- Lake Corpus Christi State Park - Two fishing piers
- Lake Livingston State Park - Fishing pier, boardwalk trail
- Lake Mineral Wells State Park - Fishing pier
- Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway - The 20-mile Trailway joins the cities of Mineral Wells and Weatherford with the state park. Built on an abandoned rail-line, the Trailway offers gentle grades. Look for trailheads near Weatherford, in the community of Garner, at the state park, and in downtown Mineral Wells. All four trailheads offer paved parking, drinking water and ADA-accessible restrooms. A two-mile asphalt stretch runs through the downtown Mineral Wells portion of the Trailway. The remaining 18 miles has a crushed limestone surface that is suitable for wheelchairs. The Trailway's 16 bridges have safety railings and approaches.
- Lake Ray Roberts State Park, Isle du Bois Unit - The park has 4.5 miles of paved trail, part of which is accessible.
- Lake Ray Roberts, Johnson Branch Unit - The park has 4.8 miles of paved trail, part of which is accessible.
- Lake Somerville State Park: Birch Creek Unit - Fishing jetty, nature trail
- Lake Somerville: Nails Creek Unit - Courtesy dock at boat ramp, nature trail
- Lost Maples State Natural Area - Interpretive center
- Martin Creek Lake State Park - Courtesy dock at boat ramp
- Meridian State Park - Fishing pier and courtesy dock at boat ramp, short paved trail with benches
- Pedernales Falls State Park - Our bird blind has a 100-foot asphalt trail approach with an asphalt base inside. Parking is available in a grassy area a few yards from the trail. The blind is open-air with a roof, and has a 35-foot glass viewing wall. The viewing area has a bath/dripper, feeders maintained daily all year. Hummingbird feeders are up in the spring/summer. You may see other wildlife here as well.
- Possum Kingdom State Park - Fishing pier
- Sea Rim State Park - Boardwalk trail
- Tyler State Park - Fishing pier
- Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site - The park has 1.5 miles of granite gravel trails which meet ADA requirements. The trails loop throughout the park and connect the Visitor Center, Independence Hall, Beaver Pond, River Overlook, Conference Center (Auditorium), Star of the Republic Museum, and the Barrington Living History Farm