Our daughter fractured her leg last fall, which put a wrench into some of our fall hiking plans. However, I was determined to get her out and enjoy the fall colors, no matter what. With and a little research, I was able to find Ohio trails that are paved or wheelchair-accessible. This allowed us to push our daughter in a stroller, despite her large cast!
Here are a few of the best wheelchair-accessible and stroller-friendly trails in Ohio!
Accessible trails in Ohio
Cascade Valley Metro Park – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
This is one of my favorite Ohio trails because of the scenic view it offers – especially in the fall! This trail is fully accessible and paved and perfect for pushing a stroller. The half-mile trail is located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
The highlight of the trail is the overlook of the Cuyahoga River. We’ve never hit the fall foliage correctly, but it’s beautiful nonetheless.
Cascade Valley Metro Park is part of the Summit Metro Parks. You can read more about Summit Metro Parks here.
Parking for the Gorge Overlook Trail is located at: 354 Sackett Ave, Akron
Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve – Toboso, Ohio
Ash Cave – Hocking Hills
Ash Cave at Hocking Hills State Park is the largest recessed cave east of the Mississippi! It’s truly breathtaking – and even better because it can be accessed by those with mobility issues.
The accessible portion of the trail is about 1/2 mile roundtrip. When you get to the cave, the asphalt trail ends and it does become very sandy. You’ll still get a great view!
The parking lot closest to the trail (which doesn’t require crossing the road) gets very busy! I recommend visiting early in the morning or close to sundown.
Ash Cave is located at: OH-56, Logan, OH 43138
Conkles Hollow Gorge Trail – Hocking Hills
Conkles Hollow is a 1-mile wheelchair-accessible trail through a 200-foot gorge. Parts of the trail showcase the fact that the gorge is still only 100-feet wide in some spaces. This trail is one most awe-inspiring trails of Hocking Hills – and it’s beautifully maintained.
Note: Conkles Hollow is a State Nature Preserve, so no pets are allowed on the trail!
For more information on hiking at Hocking Hills, I recommend my post rating the family-friendly trails at Hocking Hills.
Conkles Holow State Nature Preserve is located at: 24858 Big Pine Rd., Rockbridge, OH 43149
Holmes County Rails to Trails – Millersburg, Ohio
The Holmes County Rails to Trail is the only dual-use trail in the states. Yes, that means both horses (buggies) and humans use the trail. The trail isn’t super smooth, but it does work with a jogging stroller. This is a nice place to unwind while visiting Ohio’s Amish Country – and is especially nice if you want the chance to see a buggy up close. While you’re visiting Amish Country, check out things to do in Millersburg and my list of free things to do with kids.
Holmes County Rails to Trails can be accessed at: Hipp Station, 62 N. Grant St., Millersburg, OH 44654
Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve- Huron, Ohio
Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve is an idyllic spot on the shore of Lake Erie. This 1-mile long paved trail is accessible and good for strollers. There are 2 accessible parking spaces and an accessible restroom on site.
This trail includes marshland that is perfect for bird watching! You’ll also see lots of chipmunks and squirrels hanging out around the trail. The hike ends on the banks of Lake Erie. You can read a detailed account of hiking at Sheldon Marsh on Travel Inspired Living. Here are my favorite places to enjoy the beauty of Lake Erie and family-friendly places to see in Sandusky.
Sheldon Marsh Nature Preserve is located at: 2715 Cleveland Rd, Huron, OH 44839.
Fowler Woods State Nature Preserve – Ashland, Ohio
Fowler Woods consists of a 1.25-mile trail located above wetlands near Ashland, Ohio. This recently renovated boardwalk is the perfect place to view spring wildflowers and fall foliage. If you visit in the summer, make sure to bring bug spray, as this area is mosquito heaven. Pets are not permitted in Ohio Nature Preserves.
Fowler Woods is located at: 7815 Olivesburg-Fitchville Road, Greenwich, Ohio 44837
Memorial Park – Wooster, Ohio
Memorial Park (formerly Spangler Park) in Wooster, Ohio is 422 acres of woods and prairie. Three short trails within the park are wheelchair accessible and paved! The accessible trails are: Prairie Trail (.16 mile), Kenwood Loop (.6 mile), and Tulip Tree Trail (.13 mile). These trails are especially beautiful in the spring and early summer as they can be full of wildflowers. The boardwalk area offers wooded overlooks to enjoy!
I found the trails to be a little confusing, I recommend printing a trail map at home before you head out.
Memorial Park is located at: 5197 Silver Rd, Wooster, OH 44691.
Looking for things to do in Wooster? Places to eat? Check out this post!
What is your favorite stroller-friendly trail or accessible hiking trail in Ohio?
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