Chena River State Recreation Area, Fairbanks

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Chena River State Recreation Area is a 254080acre state park in the U.S. state of Alaska, located east of Fairbanks. The recreation area is centered on the Chena River. Facilities include campgrounds, hiking, ATV, snowmachine and sled dog trails, a shooting range, fishing ponds, and several public-use cabins. Fishing for Arctic grayling is catch-and-release only in the river, but visitors may keep grayling caught in the three stocked ponds. The area is also noted for several concentrations of granite tors. The road through the recreation area ends at the privately owned and operated Chena Hot Springs resort.
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  • Great big sites with plenty of trees. Like being in the forest but blocks from a grocery store. The only draw back is you are under the flight path at the airport. Not a huge thing as this is Fairbank...  more »
  • Ice museum was absolutley amazing and Hot springs was great Hotter than I expected, very invigorationg  more »
  • There are some wonderful trails to hike or snowshoe in the winter. The choices were awesome. The maps were available at each trail head. The difficulty of the hike was clearly marked. You ought to do ...  more »
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  • Great views. Boardwalk needs some more work, but that may be due to money/funding. The trails are pretty good. If you want to do the long loop, plan 5-6 hrs. Do kind of wish there were more switchbacks, intead of a lot of straight trails going up/down.
  • After moving to Eielson Feb of 2017 I can honestly say the rec area has been one of my favorite places to ride ATVs. Well groomed trails with amazing views, nice cabins, and very well marked trails. I've ridden at many places, and I'm still amazed at how well the trails placed, and kept. Plenty of adventure to be had, while not having to worry about getting lost. A++++
  • Beautiful and peaceful nature area with plenty of camp sites, trails, fishing holes and River access. Positively gorgeous.
  • Very pretty, lots of camp sites, beach, pic nic, vending machines by beach, boating, flowers,
  • Love the beauty out here

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