ADA Requirements for Campgrounds

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, and it ensures that various facilities provide equal opportunity and accessibility for people with disabilities. Campgrounds are one significant place where ADA requirements are being ignored a great deal, and severe punishments are being given for noncompliance.

Different standards have been established for both public and private campgrounds, and campground owners are expected to adhere to these regulations to allow access to all people, regardless of disabilities. For campgrounds that do not follow the ADA requirements and are not working to maintain an accessible facility, large fines and possible lawsuits are among the strict consequences.

Education Regarding ADA Requirements & Accessibility

A key tool in a campground’s success in adhering to ADA requirements is education. Campground owners must be educated about the ADA guidelines, the possible penalties for breaking the rules, and what they can do to improve the campground’s accessibility. A big part of education and implementation of ADA requirements is in understanding what accessibility really means for visitors who have disabilities.

Current ADA Requirements

It should be noted that existing campgrounds are expected to make modifications to their facilities if they are not currently in compliance with ADA requirements. New construction campgrounds should be following ADA guidelines from the beginning of construction, and these requirements can be found in the handbook entitled “2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.”

In addition to general campground requirements, additional recreational facilities at the campground should follow the ADA requirements that apply. For example, if your campground has a pool, playground, dock, or miniature golf course, you will be responsible for adhering to the additional ADA guidelines set for those particular recreational areas.

Restrooms and Bathhouses

It is hard to imagine the difficulty of using a restroom when in a wheelchair.  Every item from reach distances for toilet paper, soap dispensers, coat hooks and door knobs height to clearances for stalls, floors and sinks needs to be evaluated to ensure that the facilities are usable to all members of our society.  Little things matter and those facilities that make the extra effort to keep disabled people extra comfortable will be rewarded with return visitors and high reviews. 

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