Accessibility in Adirondack Park in New York State

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Darcy Norfolk writes on accessibility at Adirondack Park:

The Adirondack Park in New York state is no longer inaccessible to the mobility impaired. With the John Dillon Park and a number of other state run campgrounds, the heart of the wilderness can now be experienced by everyone.

The John Dillon Park is cutting edge as far as wilderness parks are concerned. The park is the first wilderness area with facilities specifically designed to accommodate people with disabilities. The park provides disabled access and facilities for camping, fishing and enjoying nature along three miles of trails built to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other innovations that the park displays are wheelchair accessible lean-tos and solar panels on the welcome center for power to charge electric wheelchair batteries. For information and images of these amenities, go to: http://www.johndillonpark.org/photos.htm.

There are additional campgrounds in the Adirondacks that have accessible camp sites. Camping sites have a smooth surface area, all with accessible tables; picnic tables have extended tops and seats at wheelchair level; showers have lowered heads, controls and grab bars.

The Adirondack region prides itself on bringing the wilderness and beauty to everyone. In addition to campgrounds, more and more attractions are becoming handicapped accessible, everything from the High Falls Gorge, three waterfalls plunging 700 ft., to the Garnet Mines, the world’s largest deposit of garnet.

The Adirondack Regional Tourism Council (ARTC) Web site can be found at www.adk.com. Additional information on “Opening the Outdoors to People with Disabilities” can be found at the following DEC Web site: http://www.dec.state.ny.us/.

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