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Take an accessible hike on one of these trails

These are three of our favorite local accessible trails that are wheelchair-friendly.


Hike the East Loop at sunset to try and catch these cotton candy skies. | Photo by Danny Clarke

The outdoors are for everybody — and there are plenty of hikes in our area that are friendly to wheelchairs, strollers, and other mobility aids. Get some fresh air on three of our favorite accessible trails.

Lake Johnson East Loop, Lake Johnson Park, 4601 Avent Ferry Rd., Raleigh
This paved trail winds through the woods, along the lake, and across a dam. It connects to the Walnut Creek Greenway Trail. The average trail width is 5 ft and there are three accessible parking spaces at the trailhead.

Shelley Lake Trail, 1400 W. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh
This shady trail loops around the lake and through the woods. Be aware: there is a steep section of the trail (12% grade) at the 0.2 mark — so expect a workout or recruit some help.

Crabtree Creek Greenway Trail, 22 Anderson Point Dr., Raleigh
Enjoy this paved path along the creek. This path has picnic tables and benches where you can rest and take in the views. There are two designated accessible parking spots + accessible bathrooms at the Anderson lot.

What’s your go-to wheelchair-accessible trail? Let us know where we should explore next.

If you’re hunting for more hikes, we’ve got you. Check out our full guide to local hiking.

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