Nestled just off the Seward Highway near Bird Creek, these two new, spacious cabins might allow you to fulfill almost any family-friendly Alaskan recreation fantasy in a single weekend. They offer unmatched options for all kinds of activities — biking, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing — with exceptionally easy access by car.
Perfect for Cyclists
Walking distance to Bird Creek and its salmon run, the cabins are also right beside the paved Bird-to-Gird bike trail, making them a premier launching pad for cycling. A fork of that bike trail passes beneath the highway and leads into a trail network through the temperate rain forest of Bird Valley. Even with all those options, the cabins provide a safe, low-key setting for families with small children, perfect for a first-time venture into the woods.
Bore Tide Cabin
The cabin is huge: perfect for reunions or birthday parties. Although closer to the highway (and highway noise,) it is tucked into the trees at the north end of the campground and offers more privacy. Sometimes it’s possible to park right outside the cabin.
This large cabin has two entrances, with a back porch overlooking the mature forest. Located down a short, flat trail from parking at the south end of the official campground, the cabin has immediate access to the bike trail. Further from the campground than Bore Tide, but visible from the bike path, the cabin would see a lot of traffic in summer months but feel secluded once summer bike season ends.
Handsome cabins with propane furnaces (you supply the bottle) only yards from vehicle parking. Wooden sleeping bunks and loft with space for 12 (Bore Tide) or 8 (Beluga.) Ample space for camp cook stove and food prep, tables and benches. Outside are fire ring, picnic table and outhouse.
What Can You Do At Bore Tide & Beluga Cabins?
- Bike. Paved bike trails lead to Indian, Bird Point, Girdwood and Konikson Road access to the multi-use trails in Chugach State Park.
- Fish for coho, pink and chum salmon (in season) in Bird Creek, less than a quarter mile away.
- Hike Bird Ridge to the alpine zone. This stairway-steep spine rises 3,000 feet and more in just a few miles from trailheads just north of the creek. World-class views of Turnagain Arm can be found only a few hundred feet up.
- View wildlife. Bald eagles, black bears, and moose are in the vicinity. The endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales often swim offshore. Look for Dall sheep on Penguin Ridge from decks at Bird Point.
- Explore ice-age geology. Mile-thick glaciers carved grooves into bedrock along Turnagain Arm, easily seen on exposed shoreline of Bird Point.
- Take a nature walk on the bike path. Viewing platforms and information kiosks give insight into the Arm’s unique coastal environment.