Accessible Nature Travel: A travel guide for folks with wheelchairs, walkers, canes, or strollers

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The general links below will lead you to various California State and National Park sites, and provide general information about accessible features.

Cal-Trans Accessible Rest Areas

Accessible Beach/Shore State Parks

Accessible State Park Exhibits

Accessible State Park Trails

Accessible State Park Camping

National Park Service

USDA Forest Service

While researching these sites, however, it became apparent that some locations have no accessible features, and others are minimal. To ease the process of selecting a destination, I am suggesting certain specific locations, based primarily on convenience, access and natural beauty. Please be aware that the parks have not yet been visited or reviewed. The links will usually take you to the accessibility portion of each park site, but the park home page can be reached from a link, usually at the bottom of the accessibility page. Maps, directions, park and contact information are available to verify current conditions. Hopefully, accessible features have been well maintained or improved, but a pre-visit confirmation is suggested.

All feedback from visitors is welcome, as my goal is to provide information that is as useful and practical as possible.


Southern California Coast

Cabrillo National Monument: Pt. Loma

Torrey Pines State Park: La Jolla

Torrey Pines State Reseve: La Jolla

South Carlsbad State Beach

Silver Strand State Beach: Coronado

San Onofre State Beach

San Elijo State Beach: Cardiff by the Sea

Southern California Interior

San Diego Natural History Museum: Balboa Park

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Palomar Mountain State Park

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Salton Sea State Recreation Area

Joshua Tree National Park
See: 1) Cap Rock 2) Oasis of Mara

Central California Coast

Will Rogers State Historic Park: Pacific Palisades

Leo Carrillo State Park: Santa Monica

Topanga Canyon State Park

Malibu Creek State Park

McGrath State Beach: Ventura

La Purisma Mission State Park: Lompoc

Pismo State Beach

Morro Bay State Park

Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument

Point Lobos State Reserve: Carmel

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Reserve

Asilomar State Beach: Pacific Grove

Santa Cruz County Access Guide

Ano Nuevo State Reserve: San Mateo County

Central California Interior

Los Angeles Accessible Playgrounds

California Citrus State Historic Park: Riverside

Lake Perris State Recreation Area: Riverside

Antelope Valley California Poppy State Reserve: Lancaster

Fort Tejon State Historic Area: Grapevine

Saddleback Butte State Park: Lancaster

Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area: San Bernadino

Heap's Peak Arboretum: San Bernadino

Big Bear Discovery Center: San Bernadino

Red Rock Canyon State Park: Mojave

Mt. San Jacinto State Park: Idyllwild

Sanborn County Park: Santa Clara

Mt Madonna County Park: Santa Clara

Los Gatos Creek Trail: Santa Clara

Penitencia Creek County Park: Santa Clara

Rancho San Antonio County Park: Santa Clara

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Area: Pine Grove
This location was featured on Public Television's California Gold and looked very accessible, beautiful, and humbling in its history.

Tule Elk State Reserve: Buttonwillow

McConnell State Recreation Area: Delhi

San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area: Gustine

Turlock Lake State Recreation Area: Modesto

Millerton Lake State Recreation Area: Fresno

Calaveras Big Trees State Park: Stockton

Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve: Lee Vining

Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks

Pinnacles National Monument

Yosemite National Park
Click on Site Index, and then on Accessibility to download Yosemite Accessibility Guide.

Stanislaus National Forest

Devil's Postpile National Monument

San Francisco Bay Area

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Some of more popular locations are listed below. Please contact specific attractions for accessibility details.

Golden Gate Park: Highlights

San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park

Angel Island State Park

Presidio Of San Francisco

Alcatraz Island

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

China Camp State Park

East Bay Regional Parks: Accessibility

Mt. Tamalpais State Park

Muir Woods National Monument
Please contact Park directly for accessible features.

Northern California Coast

Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Salt Point State Park

Sonoma Coast State Park

Ft. Ross State Historic Park

Gualala Point Regional Park

Mendocino Coast: See Recommended Destinations

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

Richardson Grove State Park

Benbow Lake State Recreation Area

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park

Humboldt Forest Reserve: Elk River Trail

Trinidad State Beach

Patrick's Point State Park

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Northern California Interior

Spring Lake Regional Park: Santa Rosa

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens: Santa Rosa

Bethany Reservoir State Recreation Area: Livermore

Caswell Memorial State Park: Ripon

Brannan Island State Recreation Area: Rio Vista

Clear Lake State Park

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park: St. Helena

Anderson Marsh State Historic Park: Clear Lake

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

Grover Hot Springs State Park: Markleeville

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Old Sacramento State Historic Park

Donner Memorial State Park: Truckee

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park: Coloma

Lake Tahoe Basin: Accessibility Information

Sugar Pine Point State Park: Tahoe City

Columbia State Historic Park: Sonora

South Yuba River State Park: Bridgeport

William Ide Adobe State Historic Park: Red Bluff

Castle Crags State Park: Dunsmuir

MacArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park: Burney

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Shasta State Historic Park: Shasta City

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