Hoonah lies amid the gorgeous Tongass National Forest, which features more than 150 miles of old logging roads that you can explore. Locals call it “driving out the road,” and they do it for all sorts of activities like picnics, berry picking, and hunting (in season). Popular spots are Kennel Creek, Bear Paw Lake, and False Bay - home to a gorgeous beach that’s the perfect spot for a bonfire.
Before you venture out, it’s important to pick up a map at the local U.S. Forest Service district office. These roads are mainly one lane, and road conditions vary; sometimes there are even closures due to construction or maintenance. The district office will be able to give you the most up-to-date information.
The rewards are numerous, like beautiful views and diverse landscapes. You’ll also have the opportunity to see wildlife like the Sitka black-tail deer and coastal brown bears. In fact, there are more brown bears per square mile on Chichagof Island than anywhere else on earth!
Hoonah to Kennel Creek: 1 hr 15 mins
Hoonah to Bear Paw Lake: 1 hr
Hoonah to False Bat: 1 hr
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