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If you’re asking… our favorite part of living in the Midwest is the surprising amount of cool and unique hiking trails we have available to us!! The midwest has more to offer than corn and crops, y’all! But we do realize that this can be a challenging adventure for couples who need ADA accessible locations and we want to touch on it! So we are coming at you with 10 of our favorite ADA-Accessible Elopement Locations in Indiana. Happy exploring!
Bring your dog along to this one (on leash of course)! This ADA-Accessible Elopement Location in Indiana trail is great for birding and sight-seeing, and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring… LOVE! Hahaha we know deep down, everyone just wants to hike without it being a social occasion with the other hikers. You and your love should get some good alone time here! The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime.
The location: Nashville, Indiana
Trail length: 0.6 km
Terrain: Gentle and not too steep
Accessible facilities: “There is 1 designated accessible space in the paved parking lot off of Horseman Camp Road at the south end of the trail. It is van-accessible with striped access aisles. The trail surface is paved concrete or wooden boardwalk (with railings). It is typically at least 8 feet wide.”
Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes about an average of 48 min to complete. Not too bad and a good challenging one for those up for it! This is another popular trail for birding, hiking, and viewing, BUT you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day! Lovely, right?! 🙂 The best times to visit this trail are April through September. Dogs are welcome, too, woohooooo! If we’re being honest thats one of the reasons why it makes this ADA-Accessible Elopement Locations in Indiana list haha. JK. Kinda.
The location: Madison, Indiana
Trail length: 3.1 km
Terrain: considered a moderately challenging route
Accessible facilities: The Clifty Shelter is available and accessible!
This Portage Beach Riverwalk is quite nice and quiteeee the show stopper. The Dunes are a very beautiful and extremely gorgeous location with so much to offer. There is a wide, conveniently paved trail. There also happens to be a small portion of Glenwood Dunes trail that is paved about well. This ADA-Accessible Elopement Locations in Indiana choice is a fan fav.
The location: Porter, Indiana
Trail length: 1 mile
Terrain: Paved trail.
Accessible facilities: “Three new all-terrain wheelchairs have been added for guest use at Indiana Dunes State Park. The park in Northwest Indiana says the chairs were purchased by the Friends of Indiana Dunes. Two of the chairs are designed for use on trails, and one chair is designed for use on the Lake Michigan beach.” Click here to read more about these amazing rentals!
Well known across the state (and beyond) for great trail experiences, Morgan-Monroe State Forest now has a paved trail option! Can we get a “helllll yeahhhh” ?? It is a fairly recent addition to the property, and the paved trail roughly parallels the main forest road all the way to the camping area! This trail leads you to picnic areas, playgrounds and more, ending at the forest headquarters building and historic fire tower!
There is also a 5+mi paved trail through Morgan Monroe State Forest
The location: Martinsville, Indiana
Trail length: 5 miles
Accessible facilities: Public restroom buildings on site.
Cataract Falls are actually two separate waterfalls! If you’re thinking, WOW… so are we! It has an upper and a lower. This is one of the great natural wonders in Indiana. Cataract is the largest waterfall, by volume, in Indiana, and one of the best to check out. You can hike to the falls, but if you’re looking for a simpler outing, both the upper and lower portions are easy to drive to.
The location: Cloverdale, Indiana
Trail length: 2.7 km
Terrain: Easy going trail, easy drive up locations to see falls.
Accessible facilities: There are also shelters available. Other family fun opportunities include cool things like hiking trails, boat access to Cagles Mill Lake and a campground. Plan a picnic with your loverrrr in the activities field after!
This pick of ADA-Accessible Elopement Locations in Indiana is local to us, we love it! Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown is located where the Tippecanoe River meets the Wabash near the town of Battle Ground northeast of Lafayette. The park’s landscape has been shaped by ice from glaciers, moving water, fire, and human hands that helped maintain the vast tall prairie grass. Native American people hunted and lived along the two rivers for thousands of years.
The location: West Lafayette, Indiana
Trail length: 3.5 miles
Accessible facilities: The trailhead parking lot can accommodate 20 vehicles. Another plus, the Meadow View family picnic parking lot serves as another trailhead, providing a modern restroom, water, and picnic shelter.
This is a really nice boardwalk and well maintained! We loveeee to hear this. Per some local insight, the views are apparently better in the fall.. who could’ve guess that, LOL! This area was set aside to preserve habitat resources for a variety of plant and animal species and it does just that! You get up close and personal at Pisgah March Boardwalk.
The location: Larwill, Indiana
Trail length: 1 mile
Accessible facilities: Easy wheelchair access via the wooden boardwalk, shelter also on grounds.
Chain O’Lakes has a couple ADA accessible trails and they have a motorized outside chair available, free of charge to qualified persons…. ummmm hello?! We love this! A small boater’s paradise, there are nine connecting lakes that will be the center of your adventures at Chain O’Lakes! Paddle through the chain of serene kettle lakes, hike the miles of forested trails, fish the electric-motors-only lakes, stay overnight in a forested hillside family cabin… you name it, you got it.
The location: Albion, Indiana
Trail length: 1.5 miles
Terrain: Easy, flat trails.
Accessible facilities: Other facilities available for visitors to enjoy include a campground, beach and picnic shelters.
What a hike! This babe is generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 49 min to complete. This is a popular trail for birding, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Another fun fact, dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash. This is one of the coolest picks from our ADA-Accessible Elopement Locations in Indiana list.
The location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Trail length: 3.9 km
Terrain: Straightforward, easy trails.
Accessible facilities: There are 4 designated accessible spaces in the paved parking lot off of Clark Drive at the west end of the trail. All of them are van-accessible with striped access aisles. The trail surface is paved asphalt (with partial railings) and smooth. It is typically 5 to 8 feet wide. There is a painted dividing line along some of the trail which reduces the width.
Wow wow wow, y’all. What makes this a popular trail is for all the birding, and hiking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime… and believe us, we will be visiting!
The location: Greencastle, Indiana
Trail length: 6.8 km
Terrain: Dirt, Rocks, roots.
Accessible facilities: There are 4 designated accessible spaces in the paved parking lot off of West County Road 125 South at the northeast end of the trail. 2 of them are van-accessible with a striped access aisle. “The most accessible portion of this trail is the Quarry and Creekside Trails (0.0 through 1.7 and 3.1 through 4.2 miles). The majority of the trail is estimated to be in the mostly gentle grade category (5% or less) but there are steeper sections from about 1.9 through 3.1 miles when going counterclockwise. Hikers using wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers may need assistance in the steeper sections or to avoid them for safety. All-terrain tires or motorized equipment may be needed for the unpaved surface type and grade.”
This is the cutest name ever, no?? Well, we always think Harry Potter when people bring this area up LOL, but maybe that’s just us. Here, Dogs are welcome, but there are even more perks than just that ;)This is a popular trail for birding, fishing, and paddle sports, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime.
The location: Noblesville, Indiana
Trail Length: 5.3 km
Accessible facilities: There are 2 designated accessible spaces in the paved parking lot off of Allisonville Road at the northeast end of the trail. Both of them are van-accessible with a striped access aisle. The trail surface is paved asphalt or concrete.
All Trails, a popular hiking website, has put together a “Best Wheelchair Friendly Trails in Indiana” list that we think is worth mentioning. Many of the trails we included above are actually from this list. But the best part about the All Trails App are the reviews of each of the trails. If you are using the app, you can click to see pictures and reviews of each trail. We think that this is the best way to narrow down your search. Nothing is better than seeing what other people thought of the trail and its accessibility!
Another great site is Accessible Nature. They have put together a comprehensive list that not only includes trails, but also includes if the location has accessible cabins!
Indiana DNR has also put together a list of wheelchair accessible areas! Here are some areas within the Division of Forestry which contain wheelchair accessible areas.
WOW. What a stinkin’ list of ADA-Accessible Elopement Locations in Indiana… we are obsessed with these and so overjoyed at the thought that this blog might help some of our clients who need ADA Friendly and accessable spots, still find a good adventure with views worth a million bucks. We feel like ADA-Accessible Elopement Locations in Indiana need to be talked about more, so that’s what we’re doing here y’all!
And as always, we will work with you to determine your needs and how each trail will work with you! So don’t worry, we’ve gotchu! 🙂
Have you ever been to any of these locations? And if so, tell us how you liked it! And if you are ready to book your elopement, reach out today!
Sam + Bryt