It’s powerful—a gushing, white cascade that blasts through a slot in bedrock to plunge 20 feet or so into Liberty Creek. It fills the wooded campground with a constant roar. A landmark along the Edgerton Highway on the approach to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the falls prove irresistible to repeated viewing. Many Alaska residents swing into the campground when passing just to take another look.
Best Viewing Spot
Liberty Falls State Recreation Site
For access to the small recreation area and campground, take the gravel road that loops from two junctions off the Edgerton Highway about 24 miles east of the Richardson Highway. The access road crosses the creek on a bridge immediately downstream from the falls. Park near the bridge and work your way up upstream to the base of the falls to feel mist and zesty air on your face. Several campsites and tent platforms allow you to spend the night and fall asleep to the whoosh of the falls.
From Anchorage, drive northeast on the Glenn Highway about 180 miles to Glennallen, then south on the Richardson Highway about 32 miles to the junction with the Edgerton Highway. (About 82 miles north of Valdez.) Liberty Falls is at Mile 23.5. The village of Chitina is seven miles further, with the bridge over the Copper River into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park one mile beyond.