ACCESSIBLE ATTRACTIONS IN WEST VIRGINIA
New River Gorge
The New River Gorge National River protects and preserves 53 miles of the New River as part of the National Park Service. Over 70,000 acres of the magnificent gorge that this river created is included as part of the park.
The New River Gorge offers many accessible options for all visitors. All four park visitor centers are wheelchair accessible. Accessible trails start at Canyon Rim Visitor Center and Sandstone Falls and lead to incredible views. The video exhibits all show open captions and assisted listening devices and audio-described exhibits are available at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center. The park brochure is available for audio or text download. Accessible campsites and fishing areas are also available.
Stonewall Resort State Park
Stonewall Resort features accessible activities and accommodations for all guests to enjoy. The resort restaurant, business center, pool, recreation area, and many other features are wheelchair accessible. They offer rooms with roll in showers and grab bars for convenience.
Oglebay Institute in Wheeling welcomes and supports anyone with a passion for the arts. Their DanceAbility program offers adaptive classes to create an open and safe space for those with differing abilities. The program features classes such as: Beyond the Wheels, Mixed Abilities Cheering, and Seeing through the Eyes of Dance. Among others, these classes encourage all physically or mentally disabled students to find a love of music and dance.
Located in the gorgeous New River Gorge area, Bridge Walk offers guided tours of the longest steel span bridge in the western hemisphere and the third highest in the United States. Guests can enjoy beautiful views of the gorge below from the catwalk located under the bridge with the comfort of a safety cable. Bridge Walk is equipped to accommodate wheelchairs, crutches, canes, prosthetics and different medical conditions. Everyone is welcome to experience this one-of-a-kind attraction. Anyone with reasonable fitness and strength is encouraged to participate.
Helpful Tip: Plan for 3-4 hours for this adventure. Guests with joint injuries or broken bones should be prepared for modified or declined participation. A release form is required.
West Virginia State Wildlife Center
The West Virginia State Wildlife Center is a great educational resource for learning about the state’s wildlife. Over the years, the wildlife center has made updates to make the trail more wheelchair accessible. They do recommend taking the trail in reverse to help with the slight incline of some hills. Accessible trail routes are clearly marked, and the main trail is paved and wide. They also provide a separate elk viewing area that is accessible by car.