Texas State Parks and Historic Sites with Accessible Facilities

OK, so you’ve done Granbury and want to travel elsewhere in Texas. Below is a list of accessible facilities published by the Texas State Parks & Wildlife website. I have not personally visited these parks so you might want to call before you go to get any questions answered! Please comment below if you have information to share that might be helpful to others!!

  • Abilene State Park – A Short Boardwalk to a wildlife viewing platform in the Day Use Area. 1.5 mile Eagle Trail 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.
  • 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 park trams also have ramps and space for at least one person sitting in a wheelchair. The park has been closed to private vehicles so there is roughly 3.5 miles of paved road used only by TPWD and other official vehicles, making it very safe and quiet for use by 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 (pave road surface) measures 2.4 miles. The Group Pavilion and the 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 an accessible nature trail and the interpretive exhibit pilot project was the first of its kind for the department (1995) and was designed with the assistance of the greater Houston area disabled community in partnership with The George Foundation, Fort Bend County, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The trail is fully paved and takes visitor on a .5 mile loop of an outstanding wetland area. Exciting features along this trail include a series of interpretive panels with tactile bronzes of wetland wildlife, 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 visitors 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 – 2 Fishing piers
  • Inks Lake State Park – 2 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 – 2 Fishing piers
  • Lake Livingston State Park – Fishing pier, Boardwalk trail
  • Lake Mineral Wells State Park – Fishing pier
  • Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway – The Trailway is a 20-mile trail that joins the cities of Mineral Wells and Weatherford with the state park. Built on an abandoned rail-line, the Trailway offers gentle grades, providing for an outstanding accessible recreation experience. There are four trailheads; 1 is located near Weatherford,1 in the community of Garner, 1 at State Park, and 1 in downtown Mineral Wells. All the trailheads offer paved parking, drinking water and ADA accessible restroom facilities. The trail surface includes a 2-mile asphalt stretch that runs through the downtown Mineral Wells portion of the Trailway. The remaining 18 miles consists of a crushed limestone material that is suitable for wheelchairs. The Trailways 16 bridges are equipped with safety railing and approaches.
  • Lake Ray Roberts State Park, Isle du Bois Unit – 4.5 miles of paved trail, part of which is accessible
  • Lake Ray Roberts, Johnson Branch Unit – 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 – The blind has a 100 ft. asphalt trail leading up to it and an asphalt base inside. Parking is available in a grassy area a few yards from the trail. The blind is open-air but covered and has a 35-foot glass front for viewing. The viewing area has a bath/dripper, feeders and is maintained daily all year. Hummingbird feeders are maintained in the spring/summer. While the blind is primarily for viewing birds, other wildlife can be seen 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 – 1.5 miles of granite gravel trails which meet ADA requirements loop throughout the park connecting the Visitor Center, Independence Hall, Beaver Pond, River Overlook, Conference Center (Auditorium), Star of the Republic Museum, Barrington Living History Farm

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