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    Hello everyone,

    I am a T-9 para and my wife and I are looking at taking a weekend vaca to Maine in a couple of months. I am wondering if anyone knows of any areas near Old Orchard, York, or even Hampton Beach in NH that are more friendly to wheelchairs than other areas? I would love to get on the beach, and I have a good set of mountain bike tires and a FreeWheel that hooks on to my foot plate. I still would like a pretty packed down beach that has good access. Thanks for your time!

    Tim


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    Hey! I have a few recommendations.

    Higgins Beach in Scarborough has a huge salt flat during low tide. The sand is packed super firm, so with mountain bike tires and a freewheel you can get around on it. You may need help getting across the dry loose sand to reach it tho.
    Higgins Beach also has remnants of an old shipwreck. It's really only some old rotten timbers, but still cool.

    In Ogunquit, check out Marginal Way. It's a paved path along a rocky shoreline. I have rolled it many times.

    The pier at Old Orchard Beach is doable. The planks are pretty uneven, so you'll want your freewheel. And the slope up to the pier is pretty steep, I probably had help getting up to it.

    For sandy beaches, that's about all I can recommend.

    Farther north, I have rented this cottage a couple of times. The cottage is manual wheelchair friendly, may not work for a power chair.
    https://www.dunbarcottagemaine.com/

    -Pete

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      Originally posted by TimB22 View Post
      Hello everyone,

      I am a T-9 para and my wife and I are looking at taking a weekend vaca to Maine in a couple of months. I am wondering if anyone knows of any areas near Old Orchard, York, or even Hampton Beach in NH that are more friendly to wheelchairs than other areas? I would love to get on the beach, and I have a good set of mountain bike tires and a FreeWheel that hooks on to my foot plate. I still would like a pretty packed down beach that has good access. Thanks for your time!

      Tim
      More and more beaches are having access programs for sand chairs...

      Hampton Roads has one too..

      https://www.wmur.com/article/non-pro..._hyOL4OuE1wfc#https://www.wmur.com/article/non-pro..._hyOL4OuE1wfc#

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