National Parks Access Pass
Each pass covers entrance fees at lands managed by the National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service and also standard amenity fees (day use fees) at lands managed by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers the pass owner and all occupants in a personal vehicle at sites that charge per vehicle or, the pass owner and up to three additional adults (16 and over) at sites that charge per person. Children ages 15 or under are admitted free. Get more information.
Cost: Free lifetime pass
Available for: US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.
How to get:
- In person: Find a location to purchase this pass at a federal recreation site.
- Online: Order this free pass from the USGS Store. Processing and shipping fees will be charged for online orders.
- Mail: Purchase an Access Pass using an application form (558KB PDF) that can be exchanged through mail. Processing and shipping fees will be charged for mail orders.
Below is a collection of some of the best accessible trails around Oregon and SW Washington.
These have been compiled through conversations with other wheelchair users, notably Chuck Frayer, and an excellent 2008 article in the Oregonian by Terry Richards highlighting some of the best place to hike, fish and camp in Oregon. Following the outline of Richards’ article, added links to maps and resources about each trail. Feel free to leave a comment about additional trails or resources for the trails listed here. An excellent resource for Portland Metro area trails is AccessRecreation.org.
Willamette River Greenway: paved trail along the Portland waterfront starting at the Spaghetti Factory south of the SW Waterfront OHSU campus
Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade: $30 million park on the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland
Springwater Corridor: 16-mile hard-surface path from Southeast Portland to Gresham
Tualatin Hills Nature Park and Greenway Park in Beaverton
Tryon Creek State Park in Lake Oswego
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, north of Sherwood:
Fort Stevens State Park trail system near Hammond
Cape Perpetua near Yachats, trail to tide pools
Bullards Beach State Park bike path near Bandon
Oregon Coast Trail at Humbug Mountain State Park near Port Orford
Lava Cast Forest
Black Butte Resort bike paths
Lower Erma Bell Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area near Oakridge
Lithia Park Trail in Ashland
OC&E Woods Line State Trail in Klamath Falls
Bear Creek Greenway from south Medford to Central Point and Talent to Ashland segments
Stewart State Park bike path near Shady Cove
Diamond Lake, 11-mile trail around lake
High Lakes Trail between Fish Lake and Lake of the Woods