Chena River State Recreation Area31 Votes Currently Open
- Address: Chena River State Recreation Area, 3700 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709, United States
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +1-9074512705
- Time Required: 08:00 Hrs
- Tags: Water Body, Hiking Trail, River, Family And Kids, Nature, Skiing
The Chena River Area could right be considered a vacation destination in its own right. It doesn’t matter what the season is, the 397 square mile park is visited by over 150000 people every year. You could hardly find a better way to get close to wild interior Alaska. The tundra, the forests and the rivers serve up hiking trails, rock climbing, canoeing and fishing, and in the winter, dog-sledding and skiing. Nature watching is excellent whether you’re looking for beavers, bears or birds. The park is full of campsites and roadside cabins. You can find the park rules and regulations, river guides, maps and trails information on the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoors Recreation website.
Chena River State Recreation Area Hours
- Ideal for a day trip.
How to Reach Chena River State Recreation Area
- You’ll have to drive to here.
- It may be easier to get guide to take you.
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Chena River State Recreation Area Reviews & Ratings
I really wish we had had more time to explore, but we had a great time driving through the park! Many places that looked like they'd be fantastic to camp at. I hope someday we'll get the opportunity to adventure further in the future. :)
A great place to camp and close to the river for an awesome Alaska experience. Excellent boat landing too if you want to float to Pikes Landing for a meal.
Rented the Chena River Cabin. It is nice with a good amount of room. The area is beautiful and it is a nice get away from town. You have to book well in advance because the cabins are popular, and booked fast. Bring foam or air mattresses if you want padding for the beds. This cabin seemed to be really well maintained.
Terrific views and places to camp and explore. Bring your binoculars wildlife is everywhere. You can soak in the all natural hot springs in Chena.
I visited Granite Tors trail, which is located in the Chena River recreation area. It was beautiful. The trails were pretty well maintained, there were a few spots where it gets a little overgrown, but not really that bad at all. There is a boggy area near the point to head back to the start that is a little difficult to traverse, but not so bad it is not enjoyable. It is also not that long of a distance on the boggy area, maybe a quarter mile max. Along the ridgeline it does get a little confusing on which way to go, because there is trail and then all of a sudden there is nothing but huge rocks and trees all around. If you look for the rock markers that are built up, you will see the way to staying on track. There are some cairns there that mark the way and a few small bright hiking signs, but they are hard to spot sometimes, the rock piles are the best navigation tools on the ridge in my opinion. If you want a challenge be sure to get on the Granite Tors trail, if you are a trail runner, you could potentially run most of it. If you are just up for a challenging hike try this, you won't be disappointed.