Chugach State Park
Chugach State Park, the third largest state park in the nation, is hands-down the natural choice for those wishing to wile away a few hours reveling in the unmatched splendor of the great Alaskan outdoors. Replete with abundant wildlife, rainbows of wildflowers, salmon-rich glacial waters, open tundra, towering spruce, and stunning mountain skylines, Chugach is a wonderland of natural beauty.
This massive recreational wonderland, nearly a half million acres in size, supports some of Alaska’s most accessible outdoor pursuits such as hiking and climbing, horseback riding, fishing, snowshoeing, rafting and more. You’ll find campsites, picnic areas and kayak rentals at postcard-perfect Eklutna Lake, and Flattop Mountain, one of the state’s most visited peaks, is the perfect and popular choice for a casual trek, rewarding climbers with incredible panoramic views from Denali to the Aleutian Islands.
A number of trails can be accessed from the Eagle River Nature Center’s trailhead, and area guides offer a variety of day hikes for those disinclined to strike out on their own. Nearly 300 miles of nature trails, many featuring wildlife observation decks, afford hikers of every age and ability endless opportunities to embark on the Chugach National Park adventure of a lifetime!