Compiled by Julie, David, and Nicholas Mitchell of Springfield MA
Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge (the Meadows)
202 Bark Haul Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106
Known as the Longmeadow flats, this is an amazing spot to birdwatch. There is a covered viewing deck over the pond that has telescopes. One telescope is for wheelchair users. There is an eagle’s nest, as well as many ducks, geese, blue herons, frogs, turtles, and a variety of birds! There is a trail that can be muddy and often has coyotes and other wildlife tracks. You can walk alongside the pond.
Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA 01027
Nice place to enjoy nature and take a walk. They do have a universally accessible trail that is rope-guided. It is a nice loop around the sanctuary and wetlands. It can be buggy. Bring bug spray.
Columbia Rail Trail
Westfield, MA 01085
The Parking lot is at the Shaker Farms Country Club. Go to the back of the parking lot up a slight hill to the parking lot. Really nice place. The Rail trail is very scenic with ponds, bridges, and fields.
Redstone Rail Trail
East Longmeadow, Ma. 01028
The Parking lot is next to The Depot at 64 Maple Rd. A nice out/back paved trail that goes behind businesses on Shaker Road. The Depot is a hot dog/ice cream place that now has train rides on a miniature train!
Southwick Rail Trail
Miller Road, Southwick, MA 01077
This rail trail connects to the Columbia Greenway in Westfield. Nice paved rail trail with pretty views that goes through wetlands. It can be very buggy. Bring bug spray.
Chicopee River Canal,
Chicopee, MA 01013
Parking is across from the Chicopee City Hall Annex.
Nice paved walk along the canal.
252 Bliss Road Longmeadow, MA 01006
A 0.6-mile paved loop is located in the back of the Bliss Park playground.
Lake Wallace Sensory Trail
Whitlock Way, Belchertown MA 01007
Located behind the police station and skate park. The new sensory trail features an observation deck overlooking a pretty pond. You can see ducks, birds, and grey herons. It does have a slight slope at the beginning but is wheelchair accessible.
Swift River Green Belt Trail
Palmer, MA 01069
The trail is located in the back of the industrial Park on First Street in Bondsville. There is a parking lot and you will see the covered deck from there. This is a beautiful loop that runs along the Swift River. It has benches throughout the loop to sit and enjoy the view.
Thayer Brook Conservation Area
700 Monson Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095
The brook is located at the back of the Wilbraham community garden parking lot. You will see a sign and handicap parking. There is an accessible trail called the Easy Trail that is .6 miles long. It has several benches to sit and enjoy nature.
Lake Wyola State Park
94 Lakeview Rd. Shutesbury, MA 01072
Free for handicap parking is available with placards. Ask the attendant at the first parking lot to bring a beach wheelchair if you need one. Park in the second parking lot near the bathhouse if you have a placard. There is a concrete walkway that leads to the beach and the deck has benches and beach access with the beach wheelchair. The beach is nice and clean and has a grassy area with a BBQ you can use for picnics. There is a bathhouse that has a handicapped bathroom. Call ahead to make sure the water quality is good and is swimmable before you go.
Frohloff Farm and accessible Rail Trail
221 Church Street Ware, MA 01082
The parking lot is on the left across the street from the trail.
Pretty butterfly garden at the beginning of the walk and also a picnic table. Nice easy walk with beautiful views. There is a pond trail. Picnic tables are located throughout and continue into a pine tree forest.
Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
789 Main Street Hampden, MA 01036
Pretty Trail has picnic tables at the beginning near the parking lot. The trail goes along the brook into the forest. It does have lots of tree roots which makes it more difficult for wheelchair users to navigate.
Fort River trail at the Silvio O.Conte Refuge
69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley, MA 01035
Driving down the road, you will see the stable on the left just before the road becomes a dirt road. Take that driveway. The parking lot is at the bottom and you will see the new covered deck. Fully accessible nature trail 1.2 miles in/out. Serene walks through the woods. The trail is all boardwalks and has several decks to sit and relax or picnic.
Mutters Field accessible trail, The Pascommuck Conservation Trust
405 East Street, Easthampton, MA 01027
Located near Mountain View Farm, which is located at the base of Mount Tom. A small loop is a very easy-to-navigate 1-mile loop. There are pretty views. It also has several benches and a covered picnic area in the back.
Ludlow Reservoir Shoreline Trail
1149 MA-21, Ludlow, MA 01056
Located on Center Street, in Ludlow. The parking lot can fill up fast; they do have handicap parking spots. The reservoir is closed on Wed. 4.1 mile easy paved walk that goes around the reservoir. With beautiful views, this is a nice in/out walk.