Local activities for mobility-challenged Chattanoogans

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Here at NOOGAtoday, we love to share some of the most exciting activities our city has to offer with you — but sometimes, not all of those activities are accessible to every Chattanoogan.

In honor of Disability Pride Month coming to a close, we’re highlighting some amazing, accessible local activities for mobility-challenged Noogans.

Cory Lee of CurbFreewithCoryLee on the Walnut Street Bridge | Photo via curbfreewithcorylee
  • Adventure Sports Innovation | ASI offers SWINCAR adaptive vehicle experiences, plus electric bikes + scooters for those who can’t walk long distances

Note: The Swincar experience requires significant upper body control + stability, and use of your arms and hands to steer the vehicle, squeeze the hand brakes, and press the thumb throttle continuously

  • CARTA | CARTA’s buses are wheelchair accessible, and Care-A-Van services are available to those in CARTA’s service area who are unable to use CARTA’s fixed route transit vehicles
  • Point Park | Point Park has a paved walking path around the park that will take you past historic tablets, monuments, confederate artillery positions, and a scenic overlook
  • Reflection Riding | Reflection Riding’s wheelchair-accessible Blue Heron Boardwalk will take you through the Blue Heron wetlands with numerous bird + animal species

Bonus: As part of its framework for the future, the park will increase accessibility through a multi-modal path that would be accessible to strollers, wheelchairs, and other conveyances (plus, the possibility of electric carts)

Sylvia Longmire of SpintheGlobe on a SWINCAR adventure | Photo via Spintheglobe.net
  • South Chickamauga Creek Greenway | This greenway offers several flat + paved trails, plus, there’s a handicapped accessible canoe launch at the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway terminus at the Riverwalk off Amnicola
  •  Read House | This historic — and possibly haunted hotel offers level or ramp entrances, accessible guest rooms with wide entry doors, a roll-in shower, swimming pool hoist, and is welcoming of service animals
  • The Tivoli | Wheelchair-accessible seating is available at both the Tivoli + Memorial Auditorium

And don’t forget accessible activities at The Chattery, Chattanooga Zoo, TN Aquarium, Riverwalk, Rock City, and Hunter Museum.

Note: Not all of these activities will cater to every mobility-challenged person, and this is not an exhaustive list. Let us know what we missed + we’ll be happy to share it.