With summer approaching, everyone is making plans to get up and get outside. If you have a love for adventure, North Carolina is the perfect place to be. Yet, some people who love outdoor experiences might not have normal accessibility. For yourself, older loved ones, or people who need wheelchair accessible adventures, these 11 activities are easily accessible but still adventurous.
1. Jockey's Ridge
As the tallest active sand dune on the East Coast, just standing beside Jockey's Ridge is a breathtaking experience!
2. Bridal Veil Falls
Many waterfalls in North Carolina require a daring hike or even a mile or two, but Bridal Veil Falls is a breathtaking sight you can literally drive RIGHT up to.
3. Bunker Hill Covered Bridge
Just a quick stroll down the woods in Claremont, you'll find a beautifully preserved piece of history at the Bunker Hill covered bridge. Perfect for photo ops.
4. Pisgah Covered Bridge, Asheboro
And if you're in the central region of the state, another gorgeous, preserved covered bridge is Pisgah Covered Bridge. Nature lovers delight with the small walking trail, stream, and lush greenery. For more info on North Carolina's covered bridges
5. Linn Cove Viaduct
As one of the most epic viewpoints of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you can enjoy this breathtaking view from the comfort of your car!
6. Pink Beds Loop
Located in the Pisgah National Forest, this 5.1 mile loop hike is very moderate and easy due to the fact it mainly stays flat. Even if you don't hike the entire way, you can still enjoy a beautiful setting filled with streams and gorgeous trees.
7. Dry Falls
This breathtaking waterfalls is actually quite kid friendly, easily accessible, and even has a wheelchair ramp with an amazing view of the falls.
8. Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek & Four Mile Creek Greenways
These greenways run and span through Charlotte, but provide plenty of accessibility with paved or wooden pathways that run over creeks and wetlands.
9. Topsail Beach
The town of Topsail Beach has a sand accessible wheelchair available for use. Now you and your loved ones can enjoy a beautiful beach stroll and even a sunset. They even have a special beach wheelchair for the water - amazing!
10. Horse and Carriage Tour, New Bern
While this falls more under a 'tourist activity' instead of outdoorsy, a horse and carriage ride is the perfect, easy way to see some of North Carolina's most historically rich towns.
11. Chimney Rock
Believe it or not, Chimney Rock has an elevator that is equivalent to all the stairs you'd normally hike up. Perfect for those looking for THIS view!
These are all great options for experiencing the most North Carolina has to offer! Have you had a personal experience with these or have any favorite places you’d like to share?