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19 handicapped-accessible spots in Asheville


OWL Bakery | Photo by @avltoday

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Asked: We’ve gotten a few questions from our readers about handicapped-accessible places where where people can enjoy themselves – without having to worry about getting in or out of a particular space. Most recently, reader Moni asked, “What restaurants are wheelchair-accessible (including restrooms) and handicapped-parking friendly in Asheville? The mountains can be a challenge for the disabled.”

The Americans With Disabilities Act, adopted by the federal government in 1992 and updated in 2010, prohibits discrimination of disabled people in everyday situations such as going out to eat. It provides guidelines on renovations, design, and other issues where accessibility could be challenging. And while many spots in Asheville are designed with ease of access in mind, it’s true that some of our historic buildings + other sites aren’t yet outfitted for maximum accessibility.

So today, we’re bringing you suggestions you shared with us on social media of where to eat, drink, and be merry in town if you – or your adventure buddies – are handicapped or disabled. DYK: The City of Asheville can also connect you to a list of disabled-owned and other underrepresented businesses in town.


Asheville Brewing Company | 77 Coxe. Ave, Downtown | Pizza + microbrewery


Asheville Brewing Co. | Photo by @monica_e_marie

Biscuit Head | Various locations | Creative cathead biscuits


Biscuit Head | Photo by @daniheifetz

Buxton Hall BBQ | 32 Banks Ave., South Slope | Award-winning BBQ


Buxton Hall BBQ | Photo by @buxtonhallbbq

Chestnut | 48 Biltmore Ave., Downtown | New American


Chestnut | Photo by @chestnutasheville

Chupacabra Latin Cafe | 50 N. Merrimon Ave., Woodfin | Creative Latin-inspired


Chupacabra Latin Cafe | Photo by @primegirl11

Copper Crown | 1011 Tunnel Rd. #100, East Asheville | New American

Patio, dining room, parking lot and restrooms are all accessible by all.” – @coppercrownavl


Copper Crown | Photo by @diglocalasheville

Farm Burger | Various locations | Grass-fed burgers


Farm Burger | Photo by @fedandfit

Hole Doughnuts | 168 Haywood Rd. West Asheville | Made-to-order doughnuts


Hole Doughnuts | Photo by @hannah_banana53

The Lobster Trap | 35 Patton Ave., Downtown | Seafood

Though we don’t have a designated parking area, there are two lots directly across from our entrance; and we are definitely wheelchair-accessible, including restrooms” – @thelobstertrap


The Lobster Trap | Photo by @thelobstertrap

Nine Mile | Various locations | Creative Caribbean


Nine Mile | Photo by @grubnpubz

Okie Dokie’s Smokehouse | 2375 US-70, Swannanoa | BBQ


Okie Dokie’s Smokehouse | Photo by @guido1961

OWL Bakery | 295 Haywood Rd., West Asheville | Bakery + cafe


OWL Bakery | Photo by @avltoday

Smoky Park Supper Club | 350 Riverside Dr., River Arts District | New American


Smoky Park Supper Club | Photo by @smokypark

Taco Billy | 201 Haywood Rd., West Asheville | Austin-style tacos


Taco Billy | Photo by @tacobillyasheville

Ultimate Ice Cream | Various locations | Ice cream

@ultimateicecream is wheelchair accessible! Both locations including restrooms!” – @1bad_banana


Ultimate Ice Cream | Photo by @ultimateicecream

Vortex Doughnuts | 32 Banks Ave. | Doughnuts


Vortex Doughnuts | Photo by @vortexdoughnuts

Other fun places

Looking Glass Falls | Hwy 276, Pisgah Forest | Roadside waterfall

🗣️ This large + beautiful waterfall is right next to a main road and is visible from the parking area.

Looking Glass Falls

Photo by @jpotterphoto

The Meadow at Highland Brewing | 12 Old Charlotte Hwy | Brewery + venue space

🗣️ While the taproom, deck, event center and rooftop have long been wheelchair accessible, more recent concrete pours in the Meadow create access to the restrooms and the bar (housed in a shipping container).” - Leah W.

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Photo courtesy of Highland Brewing

Asheville Art Museum | 2 S. Pack Square | Art museum + rooftop café

🗣️ “The Asheville art museum has elevators that take you everywhere, even up to their rooftop wine bar and cafe overlooking downtown.” - Nick K.

Asheville Art Museum

Photo by @ashevilleartmuseum

Jack of the Wood | 95 Patton Ave | Brewery + venue space

🗣️“I love all the folks at Jack of the Wood, and not only are they accessible, they have live music on the weekends and their walls to the street open up so you can hear the tunes on their sidewalk patio too.” - Nick K.

Jack of the Wood

Photo by @jackofthewood

Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary | 1056 Merrimon Ave. | Lakeside boardwalk + bird-watching spot

🗣️ “Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary has a boardwalk loop that is completely accessible.” - Marianne M.

Beaver Lake

Photo by @mosaic_realty

The NC Arboretum | 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way | Arboretum + botanical garden

🗣️ “They have a ton of information on their website, including an accessible map… Highly encourage this, and, bonus, use your local library card to get a free parking pass once per month!” - Katie S.

Photo by @thencarboretum

Lexington Glassworks | 81 S. Lexington Ave | Glass blowing studio

🗣️ Catch live glass blowing demonstrations 7 times a week and enjoy a refreshing drink from the on-site tap room. Bonus: There’s a loading zone + ramp outside the studio for extra-easy access.

Photo by @lexingtonglass

And thanks to reader Bonnie D. for this #protip: “A wonderful resource for this is: Google Map Street View!!!! I use it all the time, and it would work perfectly for this. Just plug in the address, and zoom in until the map goes to street view. There, one can see for oneself whether there is handicap parking and access.

Do you have a suggestion not on the list? Leave a comment here. ⬇️

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