Track Chair

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

The 2024 Track Chair Season we will start on May 25th and run through October 12th.

This year, we hosted even more Track Chair Hikes at the Platte River Campground on the Rail Road Grade Trail. This trail is relatively flat and leads to the Lake Michigan Shoreline. 

The Friends’ efforts to provide recreational opportunities for all on the Lakeshore continue to expand as the organization looks forward to getting a Wheelchair Bike. This bike will allow everyone to enjoy the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Thank You to all the donors that helped make this purchase possible. Read more about the new Wheelchair Bike

Thank You to everyone for your continued support financially and to our Volunteers for dedicating their time over the past three years to make this program possible. If you would like to volunteer with the Track Chair Program,  apply to volunteer on the Volunteer Registration page and please reach out to for more information. 


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.

If you would like to know more about thus year’s track chair season, please contact the Track Chair Coordinator by e-mail at






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