Accessible Park Facilities
The National Park Service is committed to providing the highest level of accessibility for persons with disabilities, while also being consistent with our concurrent mandates for the preservation and protection of our resources.
Park brochures are available in Braille and large print. Most public facilities within the George Washington Carver National Monument are accessible.
Site Information for the Mobility Impaired
The visitor center is a great place to start your visit and to find out more about the park's features. It has accessible parking, elevator, exhibits, auditorium, bookstore and a film introducing visitors to the Life and Legacy of George Washington Carver. Restrooms, water fountain, are all accessible. The Visitor Center is open daily 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days.
The picnic area is equipped with accessible parking and includes eight accessible picnic tables located under the trees on grass, recycling stations, and a drinking fountain.
Wheelchairs are available at the visitor center to enable individuals with mobility impairments to enjoy the park. The wheelchairs must stay in the park.
The Carver Trail is approximately 3/4 miles in length and contains a combination of boardwalk, compacted aggregate and asphalt surface. The maximum slope reaches 5.2 degrees. The historic 1881 Moses Carver house is located along the trail and is only accessible via stairs. Benches are available along the trail. The Contemplative Loop Trail is approximately 1000 feet long and has a loose wood chip surface, which may not be accessible for some users.
Assistive Listening Program
George Washington Carver National Monument has initiated a program aimed at improving the park's ability to provide information and interpretive services to members of its staff and the visiting public who have experienced some degree of hearing loss. To accomplish this, the park has installed a permanent Assistive Listening Device for the park film.
For interpretive programs in the visitor center, ranger-led walks out on the trail, portable wireless FM Assistive Listening Devices are also available. Rangers are trained in the use of this technology.
Service dogs are permitted on a leash anywhere in the park, including visitor center and trail.
Please call the park at 417.325.4151 or e-mail us with further questions about accessibly needs at the park.