Chugach State Park
Chugach State Park is located within the Municipality of Anchorage and is one of the most accessible and most visited state parks in Alaska. It covers nearly 500,000 acres and is the third largest state park in the United States. The park offers vast opportunities for hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and fishing. Winter activities include snow machining, skiing and ice climbing.
There are trailheads located throughout the park. In fact, the Chugach State Park website lists 28 defined trails within the park ranging from easy walks to the 26-mile Crow Pass trail.
The Hillside Trail System is located on Anchorage's doorstep. This trail system is in the Chugach Mountains that form the eastern border of Anchorage. These trails offer easy access to the wilderness for locals and visitors alike. Flattop Mountain is Alaska's most climbed mountain and its trailhead is a short 20-minute drive from downtown Anchorage.
Chugach State Park offers three campgrounds. Eagle River Campground, located 12 miles north of Anchorage, has 57 sites and offers flush toilets and an RV dump station. Eklutna Lake Campground is located 45 minutes north of Anchorage and offers 45 sites. Trails are available for hiking, biking, ATV use and horses. The Bird Creek Campground is 20 miles south of Anchorage. Fishing is the main attraction at Bird Creek. All of the Chugach State Park campgrounds offer picnic tables, fire pits, water and latrines.
The state park also operates the Eagle River Nature Center, just 45 minutes from Anchorage at the end of Eagle River Road. The center offers interpretive exhibits, guided nature walks and backcountry wilderness hikes and self-guided hiking trails.
Chugach State Park also includes the McHugh Creek Picnic Site and the Beluga Point viewpoint located along the Turnagain Arm on the Seward Highway. Take time to enjoy the endless wilderness opportunities offered in this spectacular state park. Visit the Alaska Parks website for Chugach State Park for maps, trail descriptions, reservations and more.
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