Outdoor Developed Areas:

A Summary of Accessibility Standards for Federal Outdoor Developed Areas

A new guide on achieving accessible outdoor sites, including trails and camping areas, is now available from the U.S. Access Board (electronic versions only, not print copies). The 100-page document discusses and illustrates provisions of accessibility guidelines the Board issued last fall for outdoor sites developed by the federal government. These guidelines provide detailed specifications for accessible trails, picnic and camping areas, viewing areas, beach access routes and other components of outdoor developed areas when newly built or altered.  

The new guide serves as a companion resource to the guidelines by explaining the intent of various requirements and how they can be met. It discusses provisions for trails and trailheads, outdoor recreation access routes, and beach access routes such as those addressing surface characteristics, width, and running and cross slopes. Outdoor constructed features, including viewing areas, camp sites, tent pads and platforms, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, and toilet and bathing facilities are also covered. In addition, the guide explains exceptions in the guidelines that may apply where compliance is not practicable because of terrain, prevailing construction practices, or other specified conditions.  Read the Access Board guide Outdoor Developed Areas: A Summary of Accessibility Standards for Federal Outdoor Developed Areas.

 

Coverpage of Guide     Diagram of person with vision loss on a trail