If your questions concerning accessibility are unanswered after reading the below information, please contact us at (540)721-2094 [TDD users can use the same number] or email us.
Also, learn about the The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Access Pass-- or simply, the Access Pass -- which provides a wide range of discounts on activities and services when you visit federal lands.
Access Pass page of NPS.gov
*Booker T. Washington National Monument is a free park, therefore, we do not carry the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Access Pass
* We have one wheelchair on site for public use
Parking, Picnic Area and Visitor Center
• Parking: Several handicapped spaces are available along with a circle drop-off/pick-up in front of the visitor center
• Routes: Paved from parking area with a sidewalk to the visitor center; it is approximately 136 yards or 124 meters from the parking area to the visitor center
• Visitor Center Entrance: Front and rear doors operate on a push-button door opener
* Introductory Video: Closed Captioned
• Restrooms: Mens and Womens both wheelchair accessible
• Water: A water fountain is located outside the rear doors of the visitor center and is wheelchair accessible
• No pay phone
• Benches: Provided throughout visitor center and outdoors area around the center
• Picnic Area: Located next to the parking lot and has several wheelchair accessible picnic tables and charcoal grills
Historic Area and Jack O’ Lantern Branch Trail (nature trail)
• Historic or Plantation Trail: Paved trail from the visitor center to the historic area; from the back of the visitor center, the trail has a slight slope that levels out towards the slave/kitchen cabin; there is a 14% gradient on the section by the main barn and pig pens; it is approximately a quarter mile there and back and is mostly paved. The historic area contains reconstructed buildings of the plantation, including the slave cabin where Booker lived till he was 9 yrs. old.
• Jack O’ Lantern Branch Trail, a.k.a. the “nature trail”: The trail is approximately 1.25 miles or 2 km and is an extension off the historic area trail. It is 36”-48” wide and is a mix of well-compacted dirt and gravel with a 17% grade on one section of the trail. The trail follows Gills Creek and switches back away from the creek through woods and a field back to the tobacco barn which is located close to the beginning of the nature trail.
Service animals are allowed in National Parks. For a definition of a service animal, please go to www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm.
Anywhere that you wish to go, your service animal may go, too. There are some unique aspects of visiting this park to keep in mind, however.
• Water: There is a water fountain outside and to the rear of the Visitor Center. While there is a creek on the nature trail in the park, be aware that water-born diseases like giardia could be present.
• Terrain: Park trails are generally surfaced with compacted gravel or a mix of native soils and rocks.
• Waste: Every rest area and visitor center throughout the park has trash cans for disposing of animal waste; however, there are no plastic bags provided, so please remember to bring your own.
• Wildlife: Wildlife can be encountered anywhere in the park - even near developed and busy areas, like the visitor center. Deer, bear and smaller animals like foxes, coyotes and even squirrels could cause issues for service animals unused to encountering wildlife.
• Farm Animals: Please be respectful of our farm animals and their environment. Ducks and chickens roam free during the day and only rail fencing separates our sheep, horse and cow.
Did You Know?
The "T" in Booker T. Washington's name stands for Taliaferro. Booker found out later in life his mother had given him this as a last name but he did not describe why. He made it his middle name.