If you’re in a wheelchair and heading to Fort Bragg, you’ll want to visit these wheel-friendly spots.
Part of Fort Bragg’s charm and beauty is found in its rugged terrain, and we want to make sure that visitors with limited mobility have as much access as possible to our beaches and parks. If you or someone you know is in a wheelchair and planning a trip to Fort Bragg, here are some wheel-friendly access points.
MacKerricher State Park has beach-ready wheel chairs that are free to reserve, a California courtesy for all State Park beaches. Just call (707) 937-5721 at least seven days in advance of when you’ll need one. The park also has accessible camp sites and trails. From there, it’s an easy journey to picnic areas, the boardwalk, and, of course, the Coastal Trail. The Coastal Trail features more than seven miles of stunning views and paved trail. It’s also dog friendly, so you can bring your furry friend or service dog with you too. (See our Pet-Friendly Itinerary).
Make sure to stop by the Noyo Center on the southern end of the trail. The Crow’s Nest Interpretative Center is a must-see and fully wheelchair accessible. A short drive south from Noyo Center is the nearby Noyo Headlands Park. Fort Bragg’s newest park is fully accessible to guests with limited mobility, and boasts stunning views of the rocky California coast. In just a few short years Noyo Headlands Park has already earned the enviable reputation as one of the most spectacular places to view a sunset.
Another beautiful spot to access and immerse in the area’s natural beauty is the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens—“47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean.” Not only are the Gardens’ main trails wheelchair friendly, they actually have a number of electric carts available for a flat $10 rental fee.
The historic Point Cabrillo Light Station has a ramp and wheelchair access to its main visitor’s center. Meanwhile, Pomo Bluffs Park at Todd’s Point boasts not only incredible views of Noyo Harbor and the Pacific Ocean, it also features a paved walkway suitable for wheelchairs and strollers along the mile-long trail.
For more detailed information on wheelchair access to Fort Bragg’s parks, trails and beaches, check out the Mendocino County page on A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide to the California Coast.