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Let the Accessible Adventure Continue

Last week we began with the trails of Western North Carolina, this week we head further down the east coast to Florida to the El Rio Trail of Boca Raton. Much like the NC trails of last week this just under 7 mile stretch is paved, family friendly and also a great place for your four legged friends. *Please check out the actual level of accessibllity of any trail prior to making plans use them.


Whether you are walking or rolling, "Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. It may even reduce mortality, according to scientists such as public health researchers Stamatakis and Mitchell." - University of Minnesota


To learn more about the El Rio Trail click HERE and if you would like to explore other Florida Accessible Friendly spots, here is a great resource


What do you think about pervious/impervious trail surfaces? We like a firm, stable, and even surfaces but don't like additional water runoff. Is there a perfect trail surface that does both?


We would love to hear from you - Have you trekked of these trails? Do you have an accessible spot to add to the list? What is your favorite part? Let us know in the comments.


Next week we head to Texas...stay tuned!



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