Track Chair

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

We are excited to be planning a Return of the Track Chair Program in 2021. Reservations will be open later this spring for use of the Track Chair starting in July 2021. 

Our first season with the Track Chair was a great success, we saw over 70 visitors able to use the track chair. Thank you, volunteers, for all your help, without you, this program would not have been possible!

We are currently seeking volunteers that would be interested in becoming part of this exciting and very rewarding program.  We need volunteers to accompany visitors using the track chair and others that might be interested in helping with the reservations and coordination of the program. Apply to be a volunteer today! 

 


A wonderful participant who experienced the Track Chair herself last year has made a video of her trek 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 2021 track chair season, please contact the Track Chair Coordinator by e-mail at trackchair@friendsofsleepingbear.org.

 

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