Track Chair

First-of-its-kind Accessibility Program at a National Park

Due to continued concern with Covid-19, we have suspended the Track Chair Program for this 2020 Season. We want to thank all of you that have supported this program and hope to have it up and running in 2021.

Our first season has come to an end and was a great success, over 70 visitors able to use the track chair. Thank you, volunteers, for all your help, this program would not have been possible!

A wonderful participant who experienced the Track Chair herself last year has made a video of her treck on the trail. Thank You, Natalie Lomske

 

We are also excited to announce that we have purchased a second track chair to expand our availability for next year. We will be recruiting additional volunteers this Spring, keep an eye on our website for dates and times of the Track Chair training events. 

 

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes values the right of every visitor to experience our Park’s natural beauty. To provide an opportunity to visitors who need hiking assistance to explore designated trails in the Park, Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes offers the use of the track chair. This personal mobility device is a track wheelchair that enables access to gorgeous park features, including views of Lake Michigan, pastoral historic farmlands, forest trails, and meadows without harming the trail or adjacent land.

 

Track Chair Program in the News! Watch Below!

The track chair program is meant to be used by park visitors who need hiking assistance to experience a rustic hiking trail. Because of limited availability, it may only be reserved by those who find it difficult to experience the designated trail without assistance.

At this time, the Track Chair is only available for use on the Bay View Trail. Click the link to see the Bay View Trail Map in pdf format. Access to this trail on the Track Chair is from the Kelderhouse Farm on Port Oneida Road about 3 miles north of Glen Arbor.

If you would like to know more about the 2020 track chair season, please contact the Track Chair Coordinator by e-mail at trackchair@friendsofsleepingbear.org.

 

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