It is taken from a new National Park Service handbook called "Access National Parks, A Guide for Handicapped Visitors," which gives information on where obstacles to full accessibility have been eliminated and where they still exist in almost 300 areas of the National Park System.
Great Falls Park - This 800-acre park, about 15 miles from Washington, one mile off Rts. 193 (Georgetown Pike), provides a fine view of the Great Falls of the Potomac River from the Virginia side. The visitor center is fully accessible with restrooms designed to accommodate visitors in wheelchairs. The parking lot has designated spaces and a curb ramp. Throughout the park, picnic tables have been cut to accomodate wheelchairs.Drinking fountains are accessible. A new trail leading to the falls overlook is fully accessible. (703) 759-2915.
Turkey Run Farm - Day-to-day operations of a colonial farm of the 18the century are reenacted in this "living history" area. It is off the Capital Beltway at Exit 13 to Rte. 193, east one mile, left into the farm. An alternative approach is from George Washington Memorial Parkway to Rte. 123, right fork onto Rte. 193, right into the farm.
The path to the cabin from the parking lot will present difficulties for some visitors. Visitors in wheelchairs should phone ahead, (703) 557-1356, for directions by an alternate and shorter pathway through the woods. The cabin is entered at ground level.A portable restroom in the parking area is inaccessible to visitors in wheelchairs.
Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts - The summer theater season at this park, at 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va., offers opera, ballet, jazz, pop, symphony, musical theater and modern and folk dance. Call (703) 938-3800 for ticket information. Special children's programs are offered in the summer. Programs are free, but reservations must be made by calling 938-3810, ext. 257, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. Any expected assistance should be requested then.
The parking area has designated spaces for visitors in wheelchairs and curb cuts and an access ramp at the unloading zone. Park personnel provide assistance to the seating area in advance. Parking passes should be obtained by calling visitor services in advance.
The park has some wheelchairs for loan. Five electric vehicles are available for special assistance from the parking lot to the seating area. Restrooms are fully accessible and equipped.
Manassas National Battlefield Park - The park is the scene of the two Civil War battles of First and Second Manassas, know as Bull Run. It is 26 miles southwest of Washington. The visitor center-museum is on Rte. 234, a mile from the intersection of I-66 and Rte. 234. The center has a ramp for access from the barrier-free parking area. Restrooms are located down a double flight of stairs, though plans are being considered for accessible restrooms.
No accessible restrooms are in the park; picnic areas have ground-level privies. Information about the nearest accessible restrooms, restaurants and lodgings may be obtained at the Virginia Information Center on I-66 near the park entrance.
There are two self-guiding driving tours through the park and self-guiding walkin tour on Henry Hill, scene of heavy fighting. Assistance may be required on this tour because the slope to Henry Hill is moderately steep and the trail surface is grass. The first part of the walking tour to Stone Bridge is accessible by ramp from the parking lot. Beyond the bridge, the tour runs for a mile farther along Bull Run over a rugged and narrow trail.
On the park road, New York Avenue, in the area of the New York Monuments, markers have raised printing and murals. The grounds of Stone House are accessible from the parking area off the park road, but access to the Stone House is impeded by three high entrance steps. The picnic area is one mile from the visitor center and accessible from the park road.