Getting outdoors can be exciting. But for some, it’s especially challenging. You, or those you love, may have health and/or mobility issues that preclude venturing onto rocky or rooty trails. Your children may have special needs. You may have toddlers, or older parents who can no longer venture onto the demanding trails they used to.
Do you worry about finding a safe place to park when you consider visiting a local trail? What are the best clothes to wear? What to bring with you? Regardless of your challenges, the outdoors is not off-limits.
Trip leaders have a chapter especially for you. Learn how to make those with differing abilities more welcome, and safer participating in your outings.
Land Trusts and other conservation organizations have a chapter for you, detailing trail building and maintenance info to help create trails that are more welcoming and easier to maintain.
“How do you find all these trails?” Finding Easy Walks Wherever You are (available on Amazon) is my (extended) answer. You’ll learn how we discover Easy Walks when we visit a new area, find new places to walk nearby as well, and so much more. Here’s a more detailed review.
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a writer who loves the outdoors, and has completed three guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts. She has recently released her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. With limited mobility, she uses hiking poles when heading outdoors. She has been published in local, regional, and national publications. https://marjorieturner.com/easy-walks/
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Local Trail Guides:
Mobility issues? Find lots of wonderful outdoors spaces that are handicapped-friendly. Great for parents, grandparents, and children too!
Can’t walk very far? Distances of each trail are included, along much more information as well to help you prepare to have a great time outdoors.
Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition now includes maps to trail locations, information about trail conditions, points of interest, whether dogs are welcome and much, much more. Locations include: Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Franklin, Grafton, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, Millville, Northbridge, Upton, Uxbridge, Wrentham, and Woonsocket, RI. You’ll discover ponds, streams, rivers, waterfalls, views of the area, and more.
More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition includes over 50 trails in Ashland, Dover, Easton, Foxboro, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, Medfield, Natick, Norfolk, Sharon, Sherborn, Walpole, Westborough.
Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed includes trails and canoe put-ins in Attleboro, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, in Massachusetts, and East Providence and Pawtucket, RI
Great reviews for “Easy Walks” the books, and presentations:
“Whether you’re physically challenged or not, and looking to venture into unfamiliar terrain, you want support, great ideas and someone as your guide who has the practical wisdom to make your trip worthwhile. Marjorie Turner Hollman is that voice providing enthusiasm, great advice and surprising tidbits all along the way from her years of enjoyment in nature. Short, sweet and a truly delightful and inspiring read, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are is a ‘Chicken soup for the Soul’ for those who are searching for the recipe for good easy walks.” – Diane Edgecomb, Jamaica Plain, MA, author, storyteller
“EXCELLENT program! Marjorie Turner Hollman’s Finding Easy Walks presentation was so well researched and her photos and tips were fantastic. Recommended.” Jennifer Shaker, Director, Willett Free Library, Saunderstown, RI
“Check out these books written by Marjorie Turner Hollman. ‘Find lots of wonderful outdoors spaces that are handicapped-friendly. Great for Parents, Grandparents, and Children too! Can’t walk very far? Distances of each trail are included, along with much more information as well to help you prepare to have a great time outdoors.’ I have spent some time walking with Marjorie and she does a FANTASTIC job describing the walks and hikes so you are fully prepared to enjoy your day.“ Kelly Sipe, Somerset, MA, Beyond Your Limits Fitness and Recreation
A Great Resource for Well Known and Less Traveled Walks in the Blackstone Valley. “There are more than enough walks in this book to keep you busy for a whole spring through fall season! It provides great descriptions of easy walks in the Blackstone Valley area, including a very useful key that outlines the availability of amenities including: wheelchair accessibility, restrooms, parking, trail type, water access, dog permission and fishing. Includes directions, GPS coordinates and notable features of the area. ” Bernadette Rivard, Director, Bellingham, MA Public Library