We were surprised to find a State Park in the middle of Fairbanks. Our site had electric/water and was wooded with distance and vegetation between campsites to provide privacy. All sites had a table and fire pit. We were located on the Chena River with a boat ramp and also an easy walk to grocery stores and we ate at Brewsters around the block which was a little expensive but good. The campground has a bath house with running water and flush toilets but no showers. It also has a dump and water for refill. The campground is under the flight pattern for Fairbanks Airport but the noise was not too disruptive. My sons had to catch an early flight on the second morning so the location was convenient for them and a taxi picked them up early at our camp site. We visited on Labor Day Weekend and Pioneer Park was fairly deserted. We drove to North Pole, AK and Santa's House which was really a tourist trap but I must admit it was fun. We parked the RV and walked around Fairbanks and I had not imagined it being that small. Most everything was closed for the holiday. We were able to get a few TV channels but most of all wanted to see an aurora which we were not fortunate to see. We also had WiFi and even caught a clear glimpse of Mt. Denali and the Alaskan Range on an elevated bridge. The only complaint I have is the former campers of our site let their dog do his/her thing around the picnic table which resulted in our having to clean and fumigate our shoes and door mat into the RV. How rude and inconsiderate! Other than that our stay at Chena River is a memorable one.
This is a small campground but well maintained gravel road and sites with picnic table and fire pit. I did not use the toilet and the water pump warned to boil the water. There was no dump or fresh water for refill. The sites are wooded and fairly private. It is located beside the rest area overlook of Matanuska Glacier where there is a short hiking path to view the glacier. The sites were large enough for our 30' RV. The vistas in the area are breathtaking off the Glenn Highway near Palmer.
What a surprise to find such a nice campground in such an isolated location in Thompson Pass at high elevation only a short distance from Valdez. I was afraid we might blow away during the night but the site was so beautiful near an alpine lake and the winds were never strong. The air was crisp in September. The sites had a table and fire pit and there were several from which to choose. The sites were private with berry bushes surrounding each site with a spectacular view. The road was paved and although right off of Richardson Hwy a mountain blocked the road noise and the night was very quiet and peaceful. I continue to be impressed with the AK state park sites, their abundance, and their maintenance.
I have been very impressed with the abundance of state recreation areas along the Richardson Hwy as well as other highways. We found Sourdough Creek after a long day driving from Fairbanks. The campground was very deserted with only the camp host filling a site. We chose a pull through site that was private with a table and fire pit. There was a path to the river from our site and a lot of berry bushes. The campground had well maintained gravel roads and sites. Be sure to carry cash to put in the pay pole.
Riley Creek Campground is what we expected of a National Park campground. There were no hookups but the sites were wooded with vegetation between sites to offer privacy. The ground is covered with spongy moss and berries. Fall was in full swing at the first of September and the trees were golden with beautiful white trunks of the Aspen and the ground vegetation mainly red. Berries were in abundance. Each site had a table and fire pit. We registered on arrival at the Mercantile where we found that there were showers available for $4.00 for unlimited hot shower and Wi-Fi along with cell phone coverage. You paid for the shower in the Mercantile and were given a towel and key to enter your shower. They had benches for convenience in storing supplies separate from the shower area. We chose Riley Creek due to its location near the entrance and near the bus access for our tour to Kantishna which is 92 miles on gravel road into the park. I would highly recommend the trip as we saw all the "big five" and others on numerous occasions. Our driver/interpreter truly loved the park and accommodated both sides of the bus being able to see the many sightings of wildlife. There is complimentary transportation for campers within the first 15 miles of the paved park road. A visit to the kennels is a must to view the dog sledding demonstration. The visitor's center with its film and displays is informative. We enjoyed the campfire program on raptors in the park. My only complaint is the plane and helicopter noise near the entrance but we were aware of that before choosing the campground. There was not a kiosk for collecting fees for the park but we were charged in our reservation. There are so many well maintained hiking trails within the campground leading to all of the facilities. There was no need to crank up the RV during the entire 3 night visit. I would recommend if coming from Anchorage stopping in Talkeetna and flying over Mt. Denali with K2 Aviation. I strongly recommend it and also a glacier landing. The view of Mt. Denali from land or air is just breathtaking! I have now completed visiting in 49 states and camping in the last of most of the national parks set aside in this beautiful country. I will never forget the inspiring visit to Denali National Park.
We camped in Resurrection Campground which is part of the Waterfront Park operated by the city of Seward. What a gorgeous view surrounded by mountains topped with ice and parking right on Resurrection Bay! The campground is basically a gravel parking lot but the view and location negate the lack of privacy. I regret that our site did not have a picnic table or fire pit. We chose an electric/water site near the bathhouse which was clean with running water and clean, hot showers for $2.00 for 10 minutes. We could walk anywhere in town that we chose but they also had a free trolley that ran about every 30 minutes that would pick you up and take you to the Small Boat Harbor or Alaska Sealife Center. There is a paved hiking/bike trail along the Resurrection Bay and afforded the opportunity to see sea otters, eagles, and cruise ships along with the exercise. There is a dump and water to refill convenient for all campers. We stayed in Seward 2 nights and I would strongly recommend the Kenai Fjords National Park Day Cruise. We saw every marine life on their Wildlife Checklist and they were eager to stop every time one was spotted. The interpreter was knowledgeable and loved his job. We were served a chicken caesar wrap for lunch on this 6 hour cruise. It cost $139 but you can use a coupon in the Northern Lights Coupon Book for buy one get one free. Be sure to call ahead because they limit the number of coupons that can board. We also came very close to a calving glacier on 2 occasions. It was exciting to see and hear. Also, the Alaska Sealife Center is a great aquarium right on the bay that rehabilitates marine life and birds. They have quite a collection and the habitat is clean. I regret that we did not hike to Exit Glacier but we ran out of time and you had to drive up another road to approach it. I read that it was a spectacular experience. Our camp experience was memorable at Resurrection Bay.
Williwaw Campground was just the type of National Forest one that we like to visit. The sites were wooded and private and the campground had plenty of choices of sites. The drive and sites were paved and contained a table and fire pit. None had water or electricity. We camped across from the river and watched the multitude of salmon swimming upstream. A visitor was standing with his camera and said that a bear had just left the river after a dinner of fish. We never saw him but found a nice hiking trail and beautiful view of a hanging glacier above the campground. Being in a temperate rain forest the vegetation included ferns, moss, and aspen turning yellow. It is a short drive to the Portage Visitor Center and Whittier Tunnel. I would strongly recommend the Phillip's 26 Glacier Day Cruise in Whittier, a .8 mile hike to Byron Glacier on a well maintained trail and a delightful walk on the toe of the glacier, and a visit to the Portage Glacier Visitor's Center. There is a small sandwich and soup restaurant at the visitor's center of which I forget the name but it is good as well. The campground is near the road so traffic can be heard until night but it is a beautiful setting surrounded by mountains and an easy 45 min to 1 hour drive back to Anchorage. Alaska is blessed with many public campgrounds and this is one of the best we visited in our 2 week trip.