Maine Trail Finder tries to make it easy for our users to search and discover the most appropriate trails to meet their interests, abilities, and locations.
One of our current objectives is to answer the question: "How can Maine Trail Finder better communicate appropriate, non-judgmental information about trail accessibility to support trail users facing mobility and access challenges?"
Working with state and non-profit partners to better answer this question, we are hoping to increase the levels of engagement of individuals facing mobility challenges in outdoor recreation.
Maine has a number of fully-accessible trails whose routes and features are in compliance with applicable accessibility guidelines. There are many other trails with limited barriers, and a growing number of trail managers that are trying to develop trails that maximize trail accessibility within the confines of their natural settings.
We have partnered with the state’s ADA Accessibility Coordinator (Eric Dibner) and SUFU Maine (Speaking Up for Us) to begin to develop a reporting framework that will help MTF, specifically, and trail managers, broadly, to develop a framework and tools for reporting on accessibility. To do this, we seek to:
Contact us to learn more about this work, or to share your experiences, ideas, or favorite accessible trails.
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