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McHugh Creek Recreation Area

Mile 112 Seward Highway, Girdwood, AK 99587
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Ranked #7 of 11 attractions in Girdwood
Type: National Parks
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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Beautiful waterfalls within short walking distance, and beautiful view of Beluga Point too. It is landscaped for easy access, and it is easy to pull off the main road to see it. There are great photos to be taken from here too.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

If you just want a short hike to the waterfalls which is actually just steps away from the parking lot or hike for the day this is the place to go. But be sure to bring bear spray as you are most definitely going to see a bear. What an awesome place just outside of Anchorage to hike around for... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

There are a million places to stop along Seward Highway, but McHugh Creek is well worth it. In a few short steps, you've found the creek, and the stop is worth it.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Love the new deck they have overlooking the waterfall. It is a beautiful place and I highly recommend taking pictures. Lots of space for picnics and BBQ

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Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

When I am on call for the weekend, and can't venture far, my first pick for a bright sunny day lies just a few miles south of Anchorage, mile 112 of the Seward Highway. My first visit to McHugh Creek, I was alone, looking for an inspiring view to enjoy my lunch break. With picnic tables overlooking Turnagain Arm, and... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Just 20 minutes outside of Anchorage, there it is - the wild. Traffic can still be heard, but near the creek, the roar of rushing water makes its presence known more loudly. A refreshing break from the "buzz" of the city! Gets crowded at peak times and parking is limited; off hours are best for this special spot.

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Anchorage
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Pay a lot to park here, but the hike is nice, and the creek, waterfall and pond are pretty. There's a good (and easy) trail through the woods with some good lookouts, heading north to the next recreation area parking lot.

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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Lots of nature and a good hike. We did not make it all the way to the creek so can't review on that but what we did see was beautiful. There is also a camp host(?) that parks in the lot you leave your car in so we felt a little safer.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

This spot is located closer to Anchorage than it is to Girdwood.  It can be incredibly windy here (downright dangerous during strong storms).  Bears also roam the area in summer (watch for warning signs).  Nice picnic area overlooking Turnagain Arm.  Also the starting point for a great trail into the Chugach State Park.  Small waterfall.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

Nice spot, little crowded on weekends and summer. Trail can be muddy & skeeters can be thick. Watch out for bears. Have spooked many on the upper reaches of this trail as it passes from treeline to alpine tundra. Consider going the opposite direction from Rabbit Lake.

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