This path was constructed to provide a place for hikers to view the plantlife around interior Alaska. This is a unique trail that allows hikers to view things that would be impossible to hike without a trail. There are all types of wildlife and small plants. Waterboots are recommended in spring.
The Chena Riverwalk makes for a relaxing self-paced stroll along the Chena River and through the most scenic parks and plazas of historic downtown. It’s best when flowers are in full bloom (July-August). The path stretches approximately 3.5 miles between Pioneer Park and Airport Way, with longer options available. Or—park at Immaculate Conception Church or in the Downtown Transportation Center for a shorter jaunt.
The White Mountains National Recreation Area is home to 200+-miles of trail traversing a million acres of wilderness and a mountain range named for the dominant color of its limestone foundation. To get there, drive 28 miles on the Elliott Highway from Fox (where it splits with the Steese) and look for signs marking the trailhead. The trailhead is the starting point for both the Summit Trail, and the Ski Loop Trail, a 5-mile loop and a nice option for a shorter hike with less elevation gain than the 7-mile out-and-back to Wickersham Dome.
Easily one of the most scenic drives in the Interior, the trip out to Table Top Mountain from Fairbanks winds deep into the center of White Mountains National Recreation Area, rising up hillsides and dipping down into valleys for a rolling picture show of spruce forest and snaking riverbeds. The hike to Table Top Mountain is just as spectacular, providing panoramic views of the White Mountains from the center of the range, and is a short “must do” jaunt if you’re spending any time in the area.
The idea of this downtown plaza stemmed from a celebration of the silver anniversary of Alaska’s statehood in 1984. Through the work of Festival Fairbanks, Inc. ’84 Director, William R. Wood, the Fairbanks City Council supported the creation of the Golden Heart Plaza. Construction was completed in 1987 and funded by donations from Fairbanks citizens, families, businesses, and associations.
One of the ways in which the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) distinguishes itself is through an institution-wide affinity for the outdoors (their newest slogan is “Naturally Inspiring”). And much to the delight of students and residents, UAF maintains an in-town trail network for skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, biking, and running that is directly accessible from campus (also very popular with dog walkers).
Grapefruit Rocks is on the short list of favorite spots for local rock climbers, who make frequent weekend trips to these limestone formations and boulders standing 50 miles north of Fairbanks. Grapefruit Rocks is both “off the beaten path” and yet still accessible by road, and offers some of the best rock climbing in the Interior. It makes for a great day hike to watch climbers attempt runs on a variety of limestone facades. Feeling bold? Strap on a harness and try a few for yourself.
This hike is great for the early-rising fly fisherman. The lake is full of grayling and there are often caribou, moose and bears along the trail. The hike follows an old mining trail that parallels the Susitna River to Snodgrass Lake. There are many active mines along this hike and be sure to keep an eye out for grizzleys.
This is a developed trail with boardwalks over the wettest areas. The trail climbs past wickersham dome at a fair grade and reaches its highest point at mile ten, then descends. If you intend to reach the Borialis-Lefevre Cabin, use extreme caution when crossing Beaver Creek. It can be dangerous at times of high water.
Chena Lake has two distinct personalities: The Lake Park and The River Park. The two parks were created at the same time an earthfill dam was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers in response to devastating Chena River floods in 1967. The dam is 7.1 miles long and controls nearly 1,500 miles of watershed that would otherwise freely flow into Fairbanks.
A winter use trail that accesses two cabins; Angel Creek Lower Cabin and Angel Creek Upper Cabin. It's possible to hike in during the summer, but the ground is usually very wet, so it's advisable to take the new summer trail to the upper cabin. It leaves from near the lower cabin and traverses the hillsides for several miles before descending to the upper More...
The first three miles of each end of the trail lead to the timberline. You begin in verdant spruce forests in the valley and quickly get into expansive alpine tundra. This is a very scenic hike and can be done in three days - though 4-5 may be more comfortable - if you plan to hike it end-to-end, and most locals recommend that you start at the upper trailhead. The trail loops around More...
This trail starts at Quartz Lake campground and skirts the western edge of the lake for .5 miles before climbimg the hill to Glatfelder Cabin. It continues around the front of the cabin, crests the hill, then enters the Lost Lake Trail and follows this back to the the Quartz Lake campground.
You are now entering the 397-square mile Chena River State Recreation Area. Here you'll find activities year round from hiking, rock climbing, and berry picking to dog sledding and cross-country skiing. Maintained and well-marked trails lead into alpine country and access very different hiking experiences. Once above treeline, smaller trails lead away from the main, More...
5th Avenue Park is where you will find the famous red and white striped North Pole. This is one of two poles made to place at the geographic North Pole where its twin still lays today. 5th Avenue Park features a playground, picnic tables, pavilion and access to Beaver Springs Nature Trail.
Located on Santa Claus Lane, the Terry Miller Memorial Park features a picnic area, children's playground, a spacious gazebo donated by the North Pole Rotary Club and an up close view of the Alaska Railroad as it passes by.
Terry Miller, a former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, moved to the last frontier at seven years old and has the distinct honor of being the son of Con More...
Once a small dairy owned by a couple named Creamer, this land is now an extraordinary wildlife refuge. More than 100 species of birds and mammals call this wilderness home (sandhill cranes and mallards show up all summer), and there are miles of trails that meander through a variety of habitats.
A short or long day hike awaits at Angel Rocks, a scenic drive out Chena Hot Springs Road and within easy range of the rejuvenating waters that have drawn travelers for over a century. The best option for a short day trip in this area is the 3.5-mile loop that begins on even ground along the north fork of the Chena River and then sharply climbs up 900ft. For a longer hike to end with a refreshing dip in natural hot springs, park at the same trailhead and follow the signs to the 8.3-mile (one-way) Angel Rocks to Chena Hot Spring Trail.
This is the site of the original airfield in Fairbanks, from which the first airplane to leave the ground in Alaska took flight in 1913. Today, residents often use the grassy open areas to fly kites, exercise their dogs, or have a picnic. School children walk between the library and elementary school that border the park to the east and west. Wildlife sightings are always a possibility, particularly for birds and moose.
Murphy Dome is a recreational site most popular with ATV riders and hikers. It lies about twenty miles outside of the Fairbanks, most of which are traveled on Murphy Dome Road off of Sheep Creek Road which can be accessed from the UAF campus. This Dome is also a popular place to watch sunsets in the summer and fall, or to observe the northern lights in winter.
Summit Trail follows a ridge all the way from Elliot Highway to Beaver Creek. There is a shelter cabin 8 miles from the trail head that is available to hikers on a first-come, first-served basis.
Blueberry and cranberry can be had along the trail, especially once you reach the first summit. Watch closely for bears in the brushy areas.
This trail is only used in winter because it crosses extensive wetlands. Look for the information board about local gold, the Dalton Highway and Walter Roman, who discovered the prehistoric blue ox; which is on display ay the UAF Museum of the North. The winter use trail leads 15 miles to Colorado Creek cabin.