Chena River Nature Trail

North Pole, Alaska

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Chena Lakes Recreation Area is a bustling weekend destination just twenty minutes from Fairbanks. Despite the crowds, the Chena River Nature Trail is something of an unspoiled gem tucked away in a forested corner of the park. Accompanied by an excellent interpretive guide, nature lovers will experience a great day hike on this older earthy trail passing through a variety of phases of boreal forest succession. Chena Lakes Recreation Area is a mainstream weekend getaway for Fairbanks residents, but don’t let the swarm of people, eighty campsites, or massive parking areas detour you from this nature trail. The hike is relatively unknown to beachgoers, lightly trafficked and tucked away behind picnicking grounds in the River Park section of the recreation area.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Fairbanks

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Fairbanks

by Montana Hodges (Falcon Guides)

Chena Lakes Recreation Area is a bustling weekend destination just twenty minutes from Fairbanks. Despite the crowds, the Chena River Nature Trail is something of an unspoiled gem tucked away in a forested corner of the park. Accompanied by an excellent interpretive guide, nature lovers will experience a great day hike on this older earthy trail passing through a variety of phases of boreal forest succession.

Chena Lakes Recreation Area is a mainstream weekend getaway for Fairbanks residents, but don’t let the swarm of people, eighty campsites, or massive parking areas detour you from this nature trail. The hike is relatively unknown to beachgoers, lightly trafficked and tucked away behind
picnicking grounds in the River Park section of the recreation area.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: North Pole
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS Fairbanks D-1
Driving Directions: Directions to Chena River Nature Trail

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May 2018