Specialized Outdoor Adaptive Recreation @ NORA
“Recreating in the woods offers both physical & mental health benefits, and everyone deserves this quality of life opportunity. NORA’s SOAR program helps make that a reality for people with mobility impairment. NORA welcomes individuals, families and small groups to get outdoors and simply enjoy the day. It’s all about the journey!” – Scott Trager, Founder – Northeast Off Road Adventures
“I’ve used a wheelchair for 16 years. They have AMAZING outdoor activities basically any level of injury can do. MUST VISIT! I’m an incomplete C6 and drove off road in a jeep and enjoyed the wheelchair course in both the GRIT Freedom Chair and the Action Trackchair. Went with my quad rugby team and we all had a blast and WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK SOON. Thank you to Scott for building such an awesome place!!!” – Chris D. Trip Advisor – Nov 2020
“I commend you … for putting in the time and effort to create the various components of the SOAR program. Not only have you created activities that offer something for differing ability levels and interests, but both the accessibility of your facility and friendliness of staff enhance the experience. I would be remiss if I did not also mention your effort to make it affordable for guests, which in all honesty is a large part of making something accessible. So, again I thank you for all you are doing for individuals with mobility impairments! –Joseph Salva, President, Individual Abilities in Motion, United Spinal Association NE PA Chapter – Event Aug 2020
“Our family had an amazing and unique adventure at the NORA SOAR program… The breathtaking, natural atmosphere at NORA feels like you’re on another planet. We highly recommend anyone to check out this “hidden treasure in the Catskills”. – Yoel B. Trip Advisor – Oct 2020
“Finally—ADAPTIVE outdoor recreation opportunities close to NYC! … I felt really comfortable, knowing that my Dad was in good hands. I also felt good about the true ADA-accessibility of the gorgeous Training Center—from wide doors and railings to bench seating by the fireplace and a sleek stairlift. Over the next few hours, my dad used one of the off-road wheelchairs; … and before he got too tuckered out, we were off on a Jeep tour of some gnarly trails! … THANK YOU, Northeast Off-Road Adventures!”
– Jessie K. Trip Advisor – Aug 2019
NORA THANKS THE DISABILITY OPPORTUNITY FUND FOR THEIR GENEROUS 2020 GRANT WHICH HELPS US OFFER SOAR! ACTIVITIES TO OUR GUESTS AT REDUCED OR NO OUT OF POCKET COST. EMAIL INFO@NORA4X4.COM TO PLAN YOUR DAY AT NORA.
These adventures offer our guests opportunities to recreate at NORA’s private 75-acre mountain top accessible facility. We are working in cooperation with Helen Hayes Hospital Adapted Sports & Recreation, GRIT Freedom Chair, The Disability Opportunity Fund, and Action Trackchair to bring you innovative and exciting programs for you to enjoy and be challenged.
Let’s work together to build an amazing event experience for you or your group based on your abilities. We work with rehabilitation centers, veteran based organizations and groups serving the mobility impaired community.
Contact Us to plan your day to SOAR at NORA.
Interested in supporting NORA’s SOAR program? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and make a donation to help fund guest visits or purchase some needed equipment. Thank you!
NEW! Summer 2021: Adaptive Overnight Family Campouts. Contact us for more info.
Here are a sample of activities that NORA’s SOAR program offers:
- GRIT Freedom Chair Adaptive Hiking
Learn about the manually powered GRIT Freedom Chair and how it operates. Includes training and workshops navigating obstacle courses and woodland trails.
- Action Trackchair Adaptive Hiking
Learn about the Action Trackchair and how it operates. Includes training and workshops navigating various types of rugged terrain.
- Introduction to Off-Road Driving (with adaptive controls).
Learn off-road driving principles and drive our obstacle course & woodland trails using one of our NORA 4×4 Jeeps equipped with adaptive controls. (Guests need to be certified to drive on-road with adaptive controls).
- Off-Road Ride-a-Long
Enjoy an off-road ride-a-long as your NORA guide drives you through our natural terrain trail network including steep uphills, downhills, rocks and ledges. Consider an optional lunch-in-the-woods at one of our serene woodland areas.
- Air Gun Marksmanship
Practice your marksmanship skills at NORA’s air gun range under the supervision of NORA staff. Includes safety and operations instruction for different types of air guns.
Check out Richard Corbett’s video from NORA’s August 2019 SOAR Sampler Event