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Check Out an Autism Friendly Nature Trail for Your Next Vacation

Updated: Mar 9

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Nature trails are excellent places to connect with nature and explore the environment. Many people can benefit from nature trails located all over the world. However, an autistic child or adult can benefit from them the most, especially when they have been designed to be autism-friendly. Check Out an Autism-Friendly Nature Trail for Your Next Vacation!

While numerous nature trails exist throughout the US, only a couple have been designated as authentic autism-friendly nature trails. I would love to plan a vacation for your autistic family so you can visit these fantastic autism nature trails. Click here to get started.

Check Out an Autism Friendly Nature Trail for Your Next Vacation

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The Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park in New York State

The Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park was designed for people on the autism spectrum. The goal was to create a space everyone could use, regardless of age or abilities. This nature trail is only one mile in length. And since it is looped, you won’t need to worry about walking another mile back to your starting point.

Eight stations are along this mile-long trail. Each station offers visitors the chance to explore and have a little quiet time. The Trailhead Pavilion is where the fun all begins. Orientation materials are available at this pavilion so you can show your autistic child what to expect before you venture out.

The Sensory Station is perfect for those autistic children who love to touch things in a controlled environment. They can touch, count, sort, and even smell pinecones, bark, nuts, rocks, etc. If the Sensory Station becomes slightly overstimulating, head to the Sunshine Slope.

The Alone Zone there can reintroduce quiet time, while the cuddle swings offer some snuggle time. There are two more Alone Zones at Music Circle. This station also houses three nature-inspired instruments. At Reflection Knoll, visitors can sit underneath the trees as they listen to the quiet inside the park. There are boulder seats to sit on, although your child may be more interested in finding the seven woodland creatures carved into the stones.

At the Meadow Run and Climb, you can get all the wiggles and energy out. At the Design Zone station, you can use even more energy to build forts and teepees. And you never know what your child may do at the Playful Path, with its winding loops of logs and river stones.

The Celebration Station is the final stop before returning to the Pavilion. Your autistic child can sign their name, draw a picture, or write their favorite part of the trail on the chalkboards. Since Letchworth State Park is so large, it is essential to know that the Autism Nature Trail is near the Humphrey Nature Center. Self-guided hikes are possible along this nature trail at any time.

However, Camp Puzzle Peace also provides trained staff members for different programs and activities. I can easily find out if any of these activities or programs are taking place when I plan your trip to this area of New York.

North Jupiter Flatwoods Natural Area in Jupiter, Florida

In 2019, the North Jupiter Flatwoods Natural Area was certified as an autism-friendly nature trail. While the natural area contains one hundred sixty acres, the autism nature trail is only a half-mile long. Therefore, an autistic child or adult can easily walk along the nature trail.

This nature trail has been paved to ensure everyone can walk along without difficulties. There are signs in place sharing information about the trail and physical barriers to keep everyone safe. The sensory stations allow everyone to experience every part of this trail through their senses. Benches along the nature trail offer places to sit and relax. And the swing allows for a little extra downtime when overstimulation occurs.

These autism nature trails are hopefully just the beginning of offering autism-friendly options in nature. I would love to help you plan an amazing vacation that includes time spent at one of these nature trails. Let’s plan your next vacation today! And if you know of any other autism-friendly nature trails, send them my way!

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