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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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English first
England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Auckland New Zealand
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

While it felt amazing to see these ancient rock carvings they were hard to spot as over thousands of years the sea has eroded them

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Seattle, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Make the Petroglyph Beach a stop on your visit to Wrangell, Alaska. Here you can search for the many rock carvings scattered along the beach. Many locals frequent this beach and enjoy friendly conversation about the area they call home. Very enjoyable and the scenery spectacular from here!

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Melbourne, Australia
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147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

The petroglyphs are very interesting to see but not so easy to find. It's a 30 minute walk (a bit over 2 km) from the harbour, north along Evergreen Avenue - just follow the road above the shore. There's a signpost to the left eventually and where this meets the beach is a wooden platform with an informative display. Go... More

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