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Willawaw Nature Trail

Mile 4.3 Portage Glacier Access Road, This is NOT in downtown Anchorage, Anchorage, AK (Downtown)
(907) 783-2326
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Ranked #28 of 102 Attractions in Anchorage
Type: Hiking Trails
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109 reviews 109 reviews
43 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Located between Portage, AK and the upper end of Turnagain Arm, along the Portage Glacier highway, there is a nice salmon viewing deck at the Williwaw campground. The platform can be accessed from both a highway turnoff or via the Williwaw cg. The deck is situated so that it hangs out over the stream below. We saw several salmon spawning... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is an awesome walk for just about anyone. The slower you take it, the more you will see. Some great views of the waterfall, and glacial lakes. There is at least one black bear in the area; it crossed the boardwalk not more than 200 feet in front of us. So, even though this is a nice quiet walk,... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Portage Valley puts you at the base of some beautiful mountains and glacier views. I was impressed with the trail system on both sides of the road very well done. The campsites are big, spacious with lots of tree or sun on a clear day.. depending your preference. Best for those clear cloudless days days.. as the portage area tends... More

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Eagle River, Alaska
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Bike ride on Cedar planks underneath hanging glaciers. It doesn't get much better. Bike over to Byron Glacier and take a short easy hike to walk on a glacier. Bike to Begich Boggs Visitor center and learn all about Alaska. Bike to a salmon spawning stream and watch the beauty of nature.

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Los Angeles, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is part of the NFS Trail of Blue Ice, an easy series of trails along a river with great views of glaciers with blue ice.

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Palmer, Alaska, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

We took our whole family including 3 generations on this trail. It is lovely and easy to walk. We had 2 dogs on leashes. The path is an easy hike, not hilly. The surface is a combination of very small gravel, wooden boardwalk, and nice bridges over steams, as well as asphalt in places. We encountered a black bear who... More

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Quitman, Texas
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139 reviews 139 reviews
31 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

While staying at the Willawaw National Forest Campground a few days ago, we discovered the nature trail and fish viewing platform on the edge of the campground (no fee if accessed from the separate parking lot from the campground). The river runs beside the Portage-Whittier highway and is a spawning habitat for salmon in the fall. Educational signs are posted... More

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