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Petroglyph Beach

Wrangell, AK
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Ranked #7 of 11 Attractions in Wrangell
Type: Beaches
Description: This beach features petroglyphs, carved symbols in rocks by ancient Native inhabitants.
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Wasilla, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We headed out while it was raining and made for perfect spotting weather. The rain helped make the petroglyphs pop. Recommend going at low tide and be warned parking allows for two cars at a time and it feels like you're invading on someone property as you take the boardwalk steps down to the beach.

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Celestine, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Well the petroglyph's can only be seen at low tide so be sure what time that is before you go. there's supposed to be 64 carvings but I could opnly find 10, most are in a poorly perserved state. Worthwhile? If you are interested in primative people's lifestyles I would say yes

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Petroglyph Beach is named for the incised designs of ancient and mysterious origin that can be found among the large rocks on the beach. Also there's plenty of beach glass. Fun for kids to look for the petroglyphs.

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England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The other contributors below have captured the mood very well. The site is a short stroll, on level ground, from the ferry terminal and you can choose to spend only a short time there if that's all you have - you'll certainly see some of the petroglyphs. The exhibition on the platform above the beach is of reproductions of the... More

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Wasington State
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Only about a half mile outside town and an easy walk. It was neat and we had almost complete solitude on this self-guided outdoor "museum".

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Top Contributor
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Petroglyph Beach is amazing, but with dramatic tide swings (16 feet or more each day) the sand is sanding away these ancient carvings in stone. There needs to be some kind of intervention to preserve them. We did notice some tagging in a couple of spots.

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San Diego
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

It took a little while to find the petroglyphs. We had taken pictures of the reproductions in case we didn't see real ones. Didn't need them. Go at low tide (obviously).

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Ringoes, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Take an easy walk from downtown Wrangell to Petroglyph Beach. There is easy beach access via the observation deck using either stairs or ramp. Even if not low tide you can still see some of the petroglyphs. You really need to hunt and look. Some are easy to spot and others are very faint and eroded. If you are lucky... More

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Portland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Easy walk from Stikine Inn, lots to see and understand history of natives. Access is very easy and good. Have some petroglyph's that are easy to see on deck, other's you need to go down onto the beach. Quiet beach, relaxing area.

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Marathon, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

A quaint beach with hidden treasures all around! After reading the info on petroglyphs, we went on to the rocky beach in search of more petroglyphs left in their natural element. We searched and searched and was ready to give up, when we finally saw one. It became much more easy to find and was truly a fun treasure hunt!... More

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