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Trapper Creek Alaska

Trapper Creek Alaska

Trapper Creek is a small community of just over 400 people and is part of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The history of the area originated with the Dena'ina Indians, who lived there for many years. In 1906, gold was discovered in Cache Creek and the onslaught of gold seekers began. Prospectors made their way up the Susitna River, past Trapper Creek and onto Cache Creek. By the late 1950's, a group of homesteaders had moved into the area, settling in Trappers Creek permanently.

There is year round lodging available, dining, gas and grocery services and a small museum for visitors to enjoy. Other outdoor activities include hiking, fishing, camping and mountain biking, as well as skiing and snowmachining in the winter months. Petersville Road goes from Trapper Creek well into the Dutch hills, with pristine views of nearby Mt. Denali as well as wildlife viewing and bird watching. The historic Forks Roadhouse is also nearby, with lodging and dining available, and further down Petersville road one can see the abandoned mining camp of Petersville. Mile 32 of Petersville road is home to the Petersville State Recreational Mining area, where visitors can pan for gold or camp.

Located on mile 114.8 of the Parks Highway, at the junction of the highway and Petersville Road, it is an easy drive from Anchorage or Wasilla.

For more information on visiting Trapper Creek check out the Trapper Creek Alaska section of our Alaska Travel Guide including Trapper Creek Lodging.

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