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Chugach State Park, Anchorage

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#5 of 17 in Nature in Anchorage
Forest · Hidden Gem · State Park
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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. Add Chugach State Park and other attractions to your Anchorage trip itinerary using our Anchorage trip planning app.
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  • Trails, trails & more trails. Hiking trails & biking trails. Beautiful views, lakes and streams. Waterfalls everywhere. 
    Trails, trails & more trails. Hiking trails & biking trails. Beautiful views, lakes and streams. Waterfalls everywhere.  more »
  • The scenery in this park is beyond gorgeous. We were fortunate to see some native wildlife that we don't have at home. 
    The scenery in this park is beyond gorgeous. We were fortunate to see some native wildlife that we don't have at home.  more »
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  • Beautiful expansive place to hike and explore. Oh the places you could go. Glaciers, snow capped peaks, breathtaking views, unexplored territory, and so much more. This is a truly unique state park. It is so fun to get beyond where most hikers even travel and to see new things. Ever changing, and takes my breath away every time I see something new.
  • Beautiful State Park. There is none better in many people's estimation. From sea level to the mountain tops, the views are spectacular. You can get lost in your thoughts here, and if you don't watch out you might actually get lost for awhile. Do not count on being able to get a cell signal if you go into this wilderness, even less so the further East you go into the Park. Weather can change suddenly, and can be deadly. Prepare well.

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