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Accessible Recreation Pulse

Spring and Summer Recreation Areas

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

Universally Accessible Trails

Antrim County
Saint-Clair Lake - Six Mile Lake Nature Preserve
Designed for universal access, the .25-mile Mary Behrens Sorrell Trail at one of GTRLC’s oldest and most beloved preserves allows visitors of all ages and abilities to enjoy this special place on the Chain of Lakes.

Benzie County
Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve
This preserve is home to the popular Overlook Trail at Arcadia Dunes, which includes a .5-mile universally accessible trail leading from the Baldy parking lot to a stunning overlook of Lake Michigan. Be sure to visit this special trail throughout the year for different – but equally dazzling – experiences.

Grand Traverse County
Mitchell Creek Meadows: The Don and Jerry Oleson Nature Preserve
This property includes substantial acreage within the critical Mitchell Creek watershed and more than a mile of undeveloped frontage along several tributaries. Visitors can learn about and experience diverse, critical habitats while traversing the .75-mile universally accessible Looyenga Family Trail. The trail includes sensitively designed boardwalk sections to protect fragile wetland habitats and offers several opportunities for viewing nature. 

Pyatt Lake: The Bill Carls Nature Preserve
The mosaic of habitat types at Pyatt Lake offers refuge to a variety of animal and plant 
species. More than 250 plant species have been identified on the property, and each spring 
orchids and trillium carpet the ground in a sea of color. Migrating waterfowl use the lake as a 
resting area, and warblers, winter wrens, woodpeckers and owls flourish in the maturing 
forest. The property’s trail system contains a .4-mile section that provides universal 
access to this botanically rich and beloved preserve in the heart of the Old Mission Peninsula.

Manistee County
Arcadia Marsh
Arcadia Marsh Preserve, located just south of Arcadia, offers visitors access to a Great Lakes Coastal Marsh, a rare and declining natural community found only in Great Lakes coastal areas. The preserve includes roughly three-quarters of a mile of universal access boardwalk trail that allows users to immerse themselves in the wonders of Arcadia Marsh. A series of bump-outs with benches, multiple elevated observation decks, and two small fishing piers add to the experience

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

 

Trails in Sleeping Bear Dunes often have steep slopes or sandy soil, which makes it difficult for some visitors to experience the natural environment or get to some of the spectacular vistas that others can hike. The Friends have purchased three track chairs to make available to visitors with limited mobility. Reservations for track chairs are open in the spring for visitors to reserve for FREE to hike select accessible trails from Memorial Weekend to mid-October. A volunteer will arrange to meet with you, provide training, and accompany you and your friends or family on the Bay View Trail in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District or on the Railroad Grade Trail from the Platte River Campground. Reserve a Track Chair hike here!

Discover Accessible Resources

Disability Network supports a community of people with disabilities and their families. We recognize the importance of accessibility in motion and inclusion in recreational opportunities. Disability Network's Accessible Recreation Pulse provides a portal for people of all abilities that are looking for accessible activities to engage in their communities. If you are a northern Michigan organization that is interested in learning how you can list your free accessible recreation event, please click on the above register  button. Join us and together we can continue to provide accessible and engaging recreation activities in your community.

Accessible Parks


Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation
1213 West Civic Center Drive

Traverse City, MI 49686

Joy 2 Ride Benzie
Post Office Box 262

Benzonia, MI 49616
(231) 651-0434

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes | Track Chair Reservations 
Post Office Box 545

Empire, MI 49630
(231) 631-4244

National Park Services | Sleeping Bear Dunes 
9922 Front Street

Empire, MI 49630
(231) 326-4700

Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails 
Post Office Box 252

Traverse City, MI 49685
(231) 941-4300

Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park
1490 Red Drive

Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 935-4077

Charlevoix Area Community Pool

11905 US-31, Charlevoix, MI 49720

(231) 547-0982

Charlevoix Area Community Pool offers a Swimmers with Disabilities Program. This program encourages physical fitness, sports training and exercise for children and adults with intellectual disabilities within a relaxed atmosphere. Participants swim laps and work on stroke skills and endurance. If desired, individuals may pursue competition independently through Special Olympics. You do not need to be an accomplished swimmer, beginner swimmers are welcome. Although we do not provide an instructor, if an aide is required to assist a patron, the aide can swim free. The pool has a ramp and access to a water wheelchair.

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

2846 3 Mile Rd N, Traverse City, MI 49686

Contact:

Connor Sweeney

csweeney@gtrlc.org

(231) 929-7911

 

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy hosts miles of universally accessible trails throughout northwest lower Michigan. To find a location near you, select "Universal Access" in the "Select Activity" drop-down, then click map view or list view.

 

Accessible Outdoor Recreation Activities


Discovery Center & Pier
13271 South West Bay Shore Drive

Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 409-4285

The Lighthouse Adaptive Sports Program
4040 Beacon Street

Kingsley, MI 49649
(231) 263-1350

Norte | Bikes for All
1213 Civic Center Drive

Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 883-2404

 

 

Accessible Art Activities
 

Traverse Area District Library | Talking Book Library
610 Woodmere Avenue

Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 932-8558

Local Interpreter Services Network
2170 Traversefield Drive

Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 932-2418

Record Eagle Newspaper
120 West Front Street

Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 946-2187

 

 

Accessible Peer Support Activities


Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program | Disability Network Northern Michigan

415 E. Eighth Street

Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 922-0903

Peer Group Offerings | Disability Network Northern Michigan

415 E. Eighth Street

Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 922-0903

Independent Living Group | Disability Network Northern Michigan

415 E. Eighth Street

Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 922-0903

 

 

Adaptive Equipment and Services


Bay Area Transportation Authority
Hall Street Transfer Station, 115 Hall Street

Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 941-2324

Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council
Post Office Box 71

Middleville, MI 49333
(833) 808-7452

Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
800 Cottageview Drive Suite 1040

Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 935-4066

Accessible Recreation Pulse | Disability Network Northern Michigan
415 E. Eighth Street

Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 922-0903

Northwest Michigan Works
1209 South Garfield Avenue Suite C

Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 922-3700

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency
3963 Three Mile Road, Traverse City, MI 49686

(231) 947-3780

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