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Chena River State Recreation Area

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Located just north of Fairbanks, this area offer many trails for day hikes.
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3700 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709-4609
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

The reflection for Northern Lights pictures would be awesome. However, we didn't get much to see when we were there. Will try this location again next year when we visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DonnaG3353
Reviewed October 5, 2018

we went through this on the way up to Chena Hot Springs, our goal. it is a beautiful area, with many trails, low mountains, the Angel Rocks area, and an old time lodge where we stopped for chili, near Angel Rocks. we also explored at...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mikealexander728
Reviewed September 29, 2018

Grab yourself a float (aka a canoe) and enjoy all that floating down the river entails. Take a beer or three and enjoy the good vibes. It's a leisurely way to spend an afternoon. Do it. You will feel more local than tourist.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Katie E
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Dressing room has lockers and showers, but no changing stalls. Outdoor pool is warm to hot (depending on where in the pool you are). No place to sit in the pool except some cement blocks that are a smidgen too deep to sit and still...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SLSBrown
Reviewed September 16, 2018

We very much enjoyed the drive through on our way to Chena Hot Springs. The rest areas were clean even though it was close to Labor Day. This recreation area offers so much!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Pamela R
Reviewed September 12, 2018

Long but very scenic drive. Lush. The river winds and there are marshes. Beautiful. Road was in good shape & paved. Ends at the Hot Springs.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jacqueline C
Reviewed August 9, 2018

Easy flowing river that provides nice scenic kayaking with restaurant stops along the way if you want and have time.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Howard S
Reviewed August 9, 2018

We had a lovely walk here, beautiful woods and peaceful. Of course this was in August, no idea about the winter!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ron C
Reviewed July 25, 2018

I went on one of the most beautiful days of the year. Blue bird skies and hot weather. I recommend everyone to go visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jennifersX1406MX
Reviewed July 14, 2018

Traveled here from Fairbanks (an easy 1 hour drive with possible moose sightings along the way!) on a rainy, drizzly, cloudy day. We thoroughly enjoyed the hot springs beautiful, natural outdoor pool area even in the light rain...$15 per person fee. Bring your own towel...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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