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Accessible Recreation

Photo of Nature Observers on a Wheelchair Accessible Boardwalk

Universal Access means providing recreation opportunities for everyone - from the oldest adult to the youngest child and everyone in between including people with disabilities. Accessibility improvements invite families with children in strollers and people with mobility issues to our state lands. Various methods of communication are utilized to include people with hearing or sight disabilities in environmental education. Our focus is on inclusion and not separate programs.

Read DEC's Statement on Power Driven Mobility Devices.

The Department of Environmental Conservation welcomes all visitors to explore outdoor recreation on state lands and we are committed to providing an ever-increasing range of accessible opportunities. Currently, visitors to our accessible facilities can enjoy fishing, boating, hunting, canoeing, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, visiting historic assets, wildlife observation and camping at DEC campgrounds as well as primitive areas.

Many of our sites were designed to provide people with choices about the type of recreational experience and level of personal challenge they prefer. We encourage visitors to contact DEC's Access Coordinators directly to discuss their individual needs and recreational pursuits with knowledgeable staff.

The NYS Access Pass, which is administered by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), is accepted at DEC campgrounds and day use areas. For more information about Access Passes, please contact OPRHP (This link leaves the DEC website.). The Department of Environmental Conservation does not issue Access Passes.

Service animals are welcome at all DEC sites.

Accessible State Forest Sites in Central New York (Region 7)

More about Accessible Recreation:

  • Access Coordinators - List of access coordinators in each DEC region who can provide site-specific information related to accessible features