COVID-19 Update (6/1/21): Duke Gardens is pleased to be open to the public again as of June 1. Read more about limited parking, face coverings, open hours and related phase 2 policies here.
Welcome to our visitors with physical challenges.
Duke Gardens is located in a ravine and was designed, for the most part, decades ago, so there are many changes in slope throughout the gardens. Some path slope changes exceed the 5 percent standard set by the the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Some areas have steps, and some paths with loose gravel may be difficult for people who use wheelchairs.
Before entering the Gardens, please be sure to stop by our visitor kiosk for a map that shows the most accessible routes among the Gardens' 5 miles of allées, walks and pathways. You can also see the map here. We have improved our accessibility considerably in the last few years, including the entry allée, and we will continue to make the Gardens increasingly accessible and enjoyable for all visitors.
Labels of various plants and foliage are easily visible. There are shaded benches throughout the gardens, as well as drinking fountains at the Fish Pool, in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden and in the Doris Duke Center.
Duke Gardens does not offer wheelchair rentals. However, we do offer trolley tours, as well as walking tours. Please see our tours page for more information.
We hope you enjoy your visit.