Americans with Disabilities Act (update)

Effective March 15, 2011

The Commonwealth of Virginia’s natural area preserves, state forests, state parks and wildlife management areas offer hundreds of miles of trails designed for people to enjoy the outdoors. These trails offer the public opportunities to experience and enjoy the state’s flora, fauna, cultural resources and scenic beauty. Hiking, angling, boating, hunting, wildlife watching, bicycling and horseback riding are proven contributors to good physical health and mental well-being – part of a healthy lifestyle that reduces illness, obesity and anxiety for all.

These trails are open to wheelchairs, including manual and power wheelchairs, personal mobility assistive scooters, and certain other devices designed primarily for the purpose of assisting people with disabilities. Visitors are encouraged to use caution when selecting trails, as many were designed for foot traffic only. Terrain might make them unsuitable for personal mobility devices.

As part of their commitment to making Virginia’s public lands places for all to enjoy, the Virginia Departments of Conservation and Recreation, Forestry, and Game and Inland Fisheries are also in the process of evaluating safety concerns and environmental impacts of opening these trails to the use of other power driven mobility devices by individuals with mobility disabilities. Please check this webpage periodically for updates.

While we invite you to visit Virginia’s State Forests, please know that they have very limited or non-existent facilities/amenities. The State Forests do not receive tax dollars and must pay for their operations through forest management activities and use permits. Support your State Forests by contributing to Virginia's State Forests Fund (number "73") on your Virginia tax form.