Navigating Charlevoix

Accessibility for Everyone

Lodging
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Charlevoix Inn and Suites
Edgewater Inn
Hotel Earl
Pointes North

Weathervane Terrace Inn and Suites

Parking
Downtown Charlevoix has a variety of designated handicap permit spots available in public lots. If you prefer, simply use your permit at any one of the metered spots along Bridge Street and enjoy complimentary parking while you enjoy downtown.  

Dining
Many of the restaurants in Charlevoix are housed in historic buildings. We highly encourage you to call ahead for specific information and restaurant recommendations. 

Trails
Charlevoix has lots of great trail systems available to the public. The following trails are accessible with either paved trails or use crushed limestone.

  • Little Traverse Wheelway
    This 26-mile trail is a visitor favorite because it winds along the shores of Lake Michigan. There are multiple points of entry, making it easy to access whichever part of the trail interests you. 
  • Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail
    One of the newest trails in Northern Michigan, the Boyne City | Charlevoix Trail is another paved trail. This hilly trailway meanders through the Charlevoix and Boyne City countryside. This pathway is not yet complete, but there are several miles of trail leaving both Charlevoix and Boyne City. 
  • Lake to Lake Trail
    Connecting Lake Michigan to Lake Charlevoix, this beautiful trail uses crushed limestone in lieu of pavement. Please be aware, this trail system crosses M-66 and US-31. We recommend parking at the trailhead located off of M-66. You will be able to enjoy several miles of trail through the forest without having to cross any roads. 

Beaches
Charlevoix County has added wheelchair accessibility to their parks and surroundings. These new portable and removable rollout beach mats allow wheelchair users, strollers, and pedestrians easier access to Charlevoix's many waterways. You can even rent a specialized beach wheelchair available through Charlevoix's Recreation Department (call ahead to reserve). The following locations have rollout mats available to the public. 

  • Depot Beach | Lake Charlevoix | 307 Chicago Ave
    The historic train depot and garden area frames this beach on Lake Charlevoix, perfectly suited for families with a playground and restrooms. 
  • Michigan Beach Park | Lake Michigan | 95 Grant St
    Beautiful sand and picnic areas, perfect for lighthouse and Lake Michigan sunset views. Concessions, restrooms, ADA accessible playground. 
  • Ferry Beach | Lake Charlevoix | 224 Ferry Ave
    On Lake Charlevoix, the gently sloping sandy swimming area is popular with families. Playground equipment, picnic areas, and restrooms. 

Charlevoix Community Pool
Whether looking for a chance to swim and exercise the Charlevoix Community Pool is the place to visit. The lockerroom is ADA accessible and the point of entry for the pool features a ramp with railings.

Castle Farms
Step back in time and explore the breathtaking beauty of Castle Farms. This magical renaissance castle is also a visitor favorite! Explore 100 years of history, take a tram tour, take in lush gardens and sample wine at 1918 Cellars. Castle Farms has paved sidewalks, elevators access to the second floor of the Castle, and wheelchair availability. 

Mushroom House Tour
When visiting Charlevoix, make a point of viewing Earl Young's iconic mushroom houses. These quirky gnome homes are a fan favorite and they each look different! The Mushroom House Tour explores the fascinating history of each of the houses and the gem car is a great way to zip around town. 

Barrier-Free Access Points
TBD