Accessible Texas

Sometimes we just need a little help to pursue fun in the outdoors.

More than a quarter of all adult Texans have some kind of disability, which can make exploring the great outdoors pretty difficult. 

Of course, we’re here to inspire you to get outdoors, so we’re offering great information on accessibility in our March 2019 feature and Wanderlist, and now on a newly released episode of our Under the Texas Sky-Wanderlist podcast.

Not only are there visible kinds of limitations, like mobility impairment, but many are hidden as well. Think about the loss of sensory skills like vision and hearing or weakness due to illness or age.

Having small children in tow or taking care of aged parents can open our eyes to accessibility issues, as well. Break a leg or arm and you’ll see everything in a different light.

Many state parks offer some accessible features. These include trails, campsites, restrooms, bird blinds 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 strong 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 or to see if hours/availability are affected by weather or COVID. Visit our Accessibility in Texas State Parks page for more information. 

Parks with accessible features

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