For an isolated town on an island accessed only by ferry or plane, Kodiak has a surprisingly good road system with access to beaches, mountains, state parks, and historic sites. That road system is in good shape—and growing: The Alaska Aerospace Corporation’s launch site 40 miles south of town has resulted in the paving of even the more remote roads. However, big rains and harsh winters mean road conditions can change, and there are some stretches of dirt, so make sure to inquire for updates.
A 17 mile one-way jaunt from Chiniak Highway, this road was completed alongside the development of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation launch site, which is at the end of the road. In addition to accessing the private site, the paved road offers recreationalists and travelers access to great fishing beaches and rivers, surf spots, state parks, and scenic views of alpine passes and ocean. There’s also a private ranch here, where semi-domesticated ...more
Heading southwest out of town and then curving towards the north, this relatively short road offers access to salmon streams, wildlife habitat, hiking, winter recreation, the Coast Guard golf course, and a protected bay that’s great for sea kayaking and beachcombing.