Wheelchair Accessibility at Parks

View of accessible boardwalk

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 leads 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. Yurt #2 has a concrete pathway and patio, that allows wheelchair access to the inside of the Yurt, and an outside picnic table, and raised fire ring that have both been designed to be usable by a person in a wheelchair. Access from the parking area to the concrete pathway is over a caliche surface. The Group Hall in the Shelter Area is not fully ADA accessible but it has cement pathways from the parking area to the facility. The facility has wide entrance doors and a cement floor with room for a wheelchair to navigate. The Shelter Area restroom is fully ADA accessible and wheelchair friendly (with paved sidewalk, ramps, ADA stalls and showers). The swimming pool has ADA entry options, although the restrooms are not wheelchair-friendly.

  • Barton Warnock Visitor Center - The interior of the Visitor Center, including the restrooms, exhibits, auditorium, and the parking area, are wheelchair accessible. The outside trails in the Desert Garden are gravel surface with some grades, and are not recommended for wheelchairs.

  • Bastrop State Park - The park has several wheelchair accessible campsites, cabins, group facilities, and picnic sites. Cabin 14 and Cabin 12 are wheelchair accessible. The historic Refectory (group hall with a kitchen) has a wheelchair entrance. The following campsites are close to the bathrooms and have a raised fire ring, upright grill, lantern post, picnic table and paved pathways, that are designed for use with a wheelchair:& Full hookup campsites 01, 18, 19 and 25 in the Piney Hill area, and 69 and 71 in the Copperas Creek area; campsite with electricity 61 in the Copperas Creek area; tent-only campsites 27 and 28 in the Deer Run area.

  • Battleship Texas State Historic Site - The grounds, parking area, restrooms, park store, and the main deck of the Battleship are wheelchair accessible.

  • Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park - An interpretive trail, the two-story-high hawk tower, and two wildlife photography blinds are ADA-certified, wheelchair-accessible. The Group Hall, courtyard and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. The park is closed to private vehicles, so about 3.5 miles of paved road is used only by staff and other official vehicles. The road is very safe and quiet for bicycles and wheelchairs. The park has shuttle service. One of the trams has ramps and space for at least one person in a wheelchair. The trams run daily from October through May, and Thursday through Sunday from June through September.

  • Big Spring State Park - The Group Pavilion, nearby restrooms, and all picnic areas are wheelchair accessible; the playground can be accessed by a short traverse over hard ground or a caliche surface. The historic CCC-built restrooms are not accessible to wheelchairs.

  • Brazos Bend State Park - The interpretive trail, Visitor Center and exhibits, the amphitheater, and the trail to the 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. The group pavilions, in the Elm Lake and Hale Lake areas, have paved wheelchair access from the parking area. The Cabin has a paved pathway from the parking area, and its outside picnic table is designed for a wheelchair to access. Campsites with electricity 100, 102, 103, 138, and 140, in Burr Oak Camping Area, and 201, 203, 231, 233, 234, in Red Buckeye Camping Area, have picnic tables designed to accommodate a wheelchair, and a cement trail from the parking area, around the site, and near the fire ring. Screened Shelters 1 and 13 have picnic tables designed to accommodate a wheelchair, and a cement trail from the parking area to the front of the cabin, and near the fire ring.
     
  • 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. Cabins 3 and 7 are considered accessible to wheelchairs, with cement pathways to the cabin, and other accessible features, including a kitchen counter that is two inches lower than standard and an accessible bathroom that includes a bathtub with handrails plus an ADA shower, and a commode that is three inches higher than standard. The Group Hall with Kitchen, is considered accessible; it has a cement trail from the parking area and the hall is navigable in a wheelchair. Screened Shelters 13 and 15 in Squirrel Haven, Full Hookup Campsites 18 and 21 in Woodpecker Hollow, and Campsites with Electricity 49 and 54 in Mill Pond, 34 in Armadillo Run, and 38 in Squirrel Haven, are all designed for wheelchair access with a cement trail from the parking area, around the site; including access to the raised fire ring, upright grill, electrical connection, water spigot and a picnic table designed for wheelchair access. The picnic table inside the screened shelters is not designed specifically for wheelchairs, the one outside is.  
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  • Caprock Canyons State Park - The pavilions at the Visitors Center and Lake Theo are both considered wheelchair accessible from the parking area, to the pavilion and its restrooms. A fishing pier at the park is usable by wheelchairs. The park's Amphitheater is also wheelchair accessible. 

  • Cedar Hill State Park - The Pavilion is considered wheelchair accessible from the parking area, and to the nearby restrooms. The park has two lighted fishing jetties and a perch pond that are accessible to wheelchair fishing. The Bird-watching Station and fishing at Perch Pond is wheelchair accessible by a boardwalk. Full Hookup Campsites 111, 112, 124, and 140 in the Eagle Ford Camping Area have wheelchair accessible cement paths from the parking area, around the campsite, and they are close to the wheelchair accessible bathrooms.

  • Choke Canyon State Park - At the Calliham Unit, the dock at the 75-acre lake and the park's fishing jetty are wheelchair accessible. The group pavilions are all wheelchair accessible, via a cement trail from the parking area. Most of the Gymnasium and Sports Complex Area, including both Group Halls with Kitchens, are considered wheelchair accessible, with cement trails from the parking area to the facilities. Shelters with air conditioning  9, 16, 17, 18 and 20, Campsites 209 and 210 in the Tent Camping AreaCampsites with Electricity 108, 109, 119, 120, and 134, and two picnic sites are wheelchair accessible with cement pathways from the parking area to the site, raised fire rings, shortened lantern posts, and picnic tables designed for wheelchair access. All restrooms in the camping areas are also wheelchair accessible. The South Shore Unit courtesy dock at the boat ramp and five of the picnic sites are also wheelchair accessible.

  • Cooper Lake State Park - Several facilities here were damaged by flooding; please check with the park for the most recent information.

  • Eisenhower State Park - The park has a wheelchair accessible fishing pier. The Group Pavilion is wheelchair accessible via a cement ramp and is next to wheelchair accessible restrooms, and the wheelchair accessible Group Trailer Area which is a paved RV camping area with electric and water hookups.

  • Fairfield Lake State Park - The Group Dining Hall and its restrooms are ADA wheelchair accessible. The restroom facilities at each campground are wheelchair accessible and have two or more designated parking spots. The park also has the following wheelchair accessible campsites: sites 38, 54, 67, 72, in the Cooks-Ferry Camping Area; sites 111, 124, 126 in the  Post Oak Camping Area.

  • Falcon State Park - The park has a wheelchair accessible fishing pier and wildlife viewing platform. The Group Hall with a Kitchen is generally wheelchair accessible, although some areas of the kitchen can be difficult to navigate.

  • Fort Parker State Park - The boat ramp area, including the restrooms, are wheelchair accessible. The public fishing pier is generally wheelchair accessible; the pier is made of wood, sloped to the ground, but you will need to cross some hard pack ground to get to it. The bathrooms across from the pier, in the camping area, are wheelchair accessible, with cement ramps from the parking area. Screened Shelter #8 has some wheelchair accessible features, including a ramp from the parking area to the interior of the shelter; the accessible bathrooms are about 1/8 of a mile away. The Group Hall with a Kitchen is wheelchair accessible, although some areas may be difficult to maneuver. The Group Barracks complex is fully wheelchair accessible.

  • Goliad State Historic Park - The chapel inside Mission Espiritu Santo, and the Group Dining Hall are wheelchair accessible, with a cement path from the parking area into the facility. The amphitheater is also wheelchair accessible but there are a few gaps in the cement. All campground restrooms have ramps on the sidewalks leading to them, but not ADA doors.  

  • Government Canyon State Natural Area accessibility information
     
  • Huntsville State Park - The boat ramp area, including the fishing pier, and the fishing pier in the Prairie Branch Camping Area, are wheelchair accessible, with a cement pathway from the parking area to the pier. The day use area, has cement pathways from the parking area to the park store, boat rental area, bank fishing, restrooms, and several picnic sites; the cement may have some cracks in it that might make navigation difficult. Live animals, fish tanks, skins, skulls, and information on a wide variety of topics, are in the wheelchair accessible Nature Center. The Group Hall with Kitchen is considered wheelchair accessible from the parking area into the facility and to the back patio overlooking the lake. The following campsites are wheelchair accessible with cement paths: Full Hookup Campsite #24 in the Raven Hill Camping Area; Campsites with Electricity 36, 38, and 50, in Coloneh Camping Area, and 129, 131, 138, and 155 in Prairie Branch Camping Area; Campsite with Water 65, 74, 75, 76, 109, and 118 in the Coloneh Camping Area. Campsites with Water 70, 82, and 105 in the Coloneh Camping Area, have some accessible features for wheelchairs but you must also cross some ground to navigate the sites. Screened Shelters with electric hookups for RVs 8, 20 and 26 are wheelchair accessible from the parking area into the shelters.

  • Inks Lake State Park - The park has two fishing piers that are wheelchair accessible with cement paths from the parking area to the piers. The piers are made from wood planks and have side railings. The boat ramp area and the park store are wheelchair accessible from the parking area into the store. The park has three playgrounds that have wheelchair accessible cement paths to the play area; the actual playground area is a sandy surface that can be difficult for wheelchairs to travel on. Most of the bathrooms at the park are also wheelchair accessible. Drive-up Campsites with Electricity 46, 58, 76, 202, 212, 213, 242, 261, and 283; Walk-in Campsites with Electricity 219 and #220; and Campsites with Water 322, 331, 339, and 346 are wheelchair accessible, with cement paths from the paved parking area to picnic table, elevated fire ring, upright grill, the interior of the cabin and nearby wheelchair accessible bathrooms. Cabins 1 and 17 are wheelchair accessible with cement paths from the paved parking area to picnic table, elevated fire ring, upright grill, the interior of the cabin and nearby wheelchair accessible bathrooms. The Group Pavilion has a wheelchair accessible cement ramp from the parking are to the facility.

  • Kickapoo Cavern State Park - This park offers a great, off the beaten path, experience. From approximately mid-March through October there are nightly bat flights out of the Stuart Bat Cave; the viewing platform is fully wheelchair accessible, with a sloped cement path from the parking area to the observation deck. Individual Full Hookup Campsites 1, 3, 5, and 7 are wheelchair accessible, with cement paths from the parking area to the sites and the bathrooms. Two of the five campsites (17 and 19) in the Group Camp are wheelchair accessible, with cement paths from the parking area to the sites; to get to the bathrooms from the group camp, you will need to travel approximately 0.25 miles on the lightly used park road. The park also has day use picnic sites that are wheelchair accessible. A 2.4 mile segment of the Long Way Home Trail is along the lightly used main park road, that is paved, with some loose rock; the rest of the park trails are in a natural state and not considered wheelchair accessible.

  • Lake Arrowhead State Park - The park’s fishing pier is wheelchair accessible, with a cement path from the parking area to the pier. The pier is made from wood planks and has side railings. The park bathrooms are wheelchair accessible; there is one in the campground, one near the boat ramp and one near the swimming beach.

  • Lake Brownwood State Park - The park’s fishing pier is wheelchair accessible, with a cement route from the parking area to the pier. The pier is made from wood planks and has side railings. There is also a fishing platform that can be accessed by some wheelchair users but it does not have side railings. The Group Dining Hall and the Group Rec. Hall with a kitchen are not fully accessible but they both have a cement route from the parking area to the inside of the facilities. Screened Shelter #8 has a cement route from the parking area to the door of the shelter, and the bathrooms in this area are also wheelchair accessible. The 4-person cabin #13 has a wheelchair accessible cement route from the parking area into the cabin. Willow Point Campsite with Electricity #11 has some wheelchair accessible features and is near the accessible bathrooms.

  • Lake Colorado City State Park - The fishing pier and fishing barge both have side railings, and are wheelchair accessible with a cement route from the parking area. The pier can be more difficult for wheelchairs when the water level is low, as that increases the steepness of the bridge to the pier. The restrooms near the group pavilion/boat ramp area and park HQ area, and the bathrooms with showers in the cabin area, Rolling hills and Mesquite Circle camping areas, and in between the fishing pier and the Lakeview Camping area, are all wheelchair accessible, with a cement route from the parking area. Cabins 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 have cement wheelchair accessible routes from the paved driveway to the door of the cabin; the front of the cabins have cement pads that allow wheelchairs to reach the water spigot, upright grill, and the outside picnic table.

  • 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.wheelchairaccessible4
  • 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
  • Lyndon B. Johnson State Park - Day-use picnic area, swimming pool and restrooms are accessible.
  • 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.
  • Monahans State Park - The main building, parking lot and viewing blind at headquarters are accessible. Additions to both the men's and women's campground restrooms are accessible. Two campsites have larger paved areas, which may work for some mobility-impaired visitors.
  • 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

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