Forty minutes from downtown Anchorage lies Eagle River Nature Center, a gateway to Chugach State Park and a glacial river valley as wild and dramatic as any in Alaska. Enjoy an easy, 3-mile nature walk on the Albert Loop or trek up-valley 5 miles to see plunging waterfalls and 3,000-foot cliffs.
The Eagle River Nature Center started out as the Paradise Haven Lodge, a popular bar and steakhouse in the '60s and '70s. Driving there was an adventure, as the last two miles of road were often glaciated. Nowadays, the road stays clear and adventure starts at the trailhead.