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Chugach State Park, Girdwood

4.7
#6 of 16 in Nature in Anchorage
Chugach State Park covers 495,204 acres immediately east of the Anchorage Bowl in south-central Alaska. Though primarily in the Municipality of Anchorage, a small portion of the park north of the Eklutna Lake area in the vicinity of Pioneer Peak lies within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Established by legislation signed into law on August 6, 1970, by Alaska Governor Keith Miller, this state park was created to provide recreational opportunities, protect the scenic value of the Chugach Mountains and other geographic features, and ensure the safety of the water supply for Anchorage. The park, managed by Alaska State Parks, is the third-largest state park in the United States, and consists of geographically disparate areas each with different attractions and facilities. Only Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California and Wood-Tikchik State Park in western Alaska are larger. Hunting and fishing are permitted in the Chugach under regulations established by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for game management unit 14c. Target practice is not allowed within the park boundaries. In January of 2017, Chugach State Park was named the best state park in Alaska.
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  • We took one of the trails called trail of blue ice and it was really beautiful. They also have a centre where you can get information about the trails and good maps. They also know if any bears have b...  more »
  • This park is large along the Seward Hwy. Stopped at several areas of the park on the drive to Seward. Enjoyed the Potter Historic Site and learning about the history of the railroad in the area.  more »
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  • The Chugach State Park is located in the Chugach National forest and is located off the Seward Highway. The park provides the opportunity to hike and view wildlife in the lush sub polar temperature rain forest. We passed through its southern border on our way to Seward. Beautiful stands of sitka spruce and hemlock with mountains beyond.
  • One of the many great Alaskan parks, lots to do and explore. Get out there an enjoy it just make sure you do your research both the terrain, weather reports and regulations in those areas. Please, please, please be a responsible house guest and take care the land like pack out what you pack in.

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