Not many tourists drive down Nash Road, which is one of the reasons why it’s special. A few miles down the road, you’ll find a marked entrance to a section of the Iditarod Trail, which makes for great walking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. (For a long ski excursion, you can connect to a trail that takes you to the Bear Lake area). A bit further down the road, the pavement climbs and you’ll get a nice view of the bay and city tucked under the edge of the mountains. Continuing down the road, you’ll pass the entrance to Spring Creek Correctional Facility; a little ways on, watch for turnoffs to the coast, where you can go fishing, beachcombing, or have a picnic with a view of Seward across the bay. Then drive through the dry dock shipyard, checking out old fishing boats from the area. Just beyond, you’ll find some dirt roads and paths (that are prone to flooding) leading to 4th of July Creek, which feeds into Resurrection Bay.
Nash Road Points
Walk, run, or ski the Iditarod Trail from Nash Road, ending at Bear Lake. It’s mostly flat, though not all parts of the trail are groomed in the winter, and might be more suited for classical skiing. The trail goes onto Bear Lake in the winter, which is groomed for classical skiing, skate skiing, and snowmachining.