ACCESS North Carolina

Access North Carolina Vacation and Travel Guide

The ACCESS North Carolina Travel Guide contains general information about each tourist site and specific information about:

  • Parking
  • Types of Paths
  • Entrances
  • Restrooms
  • Water fountains
  • elevators
  • and public telephones (if available).

“For entrances that have both a ramp and steps, ACCESS North Carolina will state that the entrance has a ramp. If the ramp is in a different location than the main entrance, ACCESS North Carolina will note this wherever possible. “Easy to open” generally means that doors require a maximum of 8.5 pounds of force to open. A note will indicate any sites that have automatic doors. For

For a restroom, an accessible restroom means the following elements are present:

  1. A stall at least five feet wide and five feet long
  2. A toilet seat height 17 to 19 inches above the floor
  3. Grab bars in the stall
  4. A sink no more than three feet high with at least 29 inches of knee clearance, at least nine inches of toe space and a pipe covering
  5. Restrooms accessories such as the soap and paper towel dispensers are no higher than four feet above the floor
  6. The bottom of the mirror is no higher than 40 inches above the floor.

Each listing also describes the type of sink faucet controls. Automatic (motion sensor) and lever faucets tend to be the most accessible type of a person with a physical disability who may have a closed fist. The push button can be accessible depending on the amount of force required, and turn knob tends to be the least accessible type because it requires fine grasping with the fingers.

Each listing rates how accessible the tourist site is for visitors with physical/mobility disabilities. Where applicable, the listing rates how accessible the tourist site is for visitors who are Deaf and hard of hearing, visitors with vision loss, visitors with cognitive/intellectual disabilities and visitors with other types of disabilities. Each listing also provides other important information relevant to accessibility or planning a visit.”

ACCESS North Carolina, A Vacation and Travel Guide for People with Disabilities.

This is a FREE, downloadable PDF, full vacation and travel guide for people with disabilities!

How to Use ACCESS North Carolina ACCESS North Carolina uses a mix of text and icons to present basic tourist site accessibility information.

Icons allow you to tell at a glance if a site is accessible, partially accessible or not accessible for a person with a specific type of disability.

The site provides limited accessibility. The North Carolina State Building Code Accessibility Code, the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines, tourist site accessibility survey responses and observations from site visits were used to determine accessibility ratings.


These photos were taken at Blowing Rock, NC.

I must say, this was awesome.  The people here are very friendly and this place is handicap accessible.  I took my scooter along some of the paths here and the Manager even came out and asked me what they could do to make it better!  I love it! You are not able to access some of the attraction in your mobility scooter, but if you can walk with a cane, you should be able to see most of it and might I add, what an awesome view!  Be sure to check out the photos in the gallery!

These photos were taken at Bunker Hill Covered Bridge.

I hate to see how the bridge has been vandalized over the years, but this bridge stands strong against the test of time!  If you can walk with a cane, unassisted, you will be able to walk to and around this covered bridge.  I was able to take my scooter most of the way but it was rough going for a bit and some loose gravel.  You can see the bridge from the parking area.

The photos below were taken at the Carolina Balloon Fest!

The weather was a bit windy and prohibited a few of the activities, but it was still an awesome event.  Although it is held in an open field, I had no problems getting around on my mobility scooter and was able to visit all of the booths and really enjoy myself!

Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered.  Where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others!  Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime!

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Written by wmmcqueen

As I set upon my amputee journey, I find new resources almost every day, from sources of inspiration, resources available to amputees and support groups for amputees and their families alike. To me, healing is in sharing and an important part of my daily recovery. The sole purpose of the web page is to gather and share resources for amputees and their support groups!

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