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“Discovering My Own Petroglyphs”
Review of Petroglyph Beach

Ranked #7 of 16 things to do in Wrangell
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Owner description: This beach features petroglyphs, carved symbols in rocks by ancient Native inhabitants.
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“Discovering My Own Petroglyphs”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

First, go at low tide. Luckily someone told us this before we went! It's very cook because there's no "trail" and no real direction. There's a small deck with some information on the petroglyphs, then you walk down onto the beach/rock area and hunt to find them for yourselves. It took us a while, but when we started finding them, it was like we were the first to discover thousands of year old petroglyphs. Cool feeling!

Visited August 2013
1 Thank JSI2802
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Tampa, F.
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129 reviews
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“Ancient communication”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

My wife and I walked from our hotel to the rocky beach in search of the elusive petroglyph. There is a very nice board walk and stairs take you to the beach. We spent about an hour and a half and found several petroglyphs and one Geological Survey plaque. It is a very enjoyable way to get close to history and the ancient Native people who worked to place the "signposts" there.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank SunCitySteve
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Mahwah, New Jersey
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“Worth a quick visit”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

We stopped here as part of a Wrangell City Highlights tour (highly recommended, by the way). Our tour guide explained that the petroglyphs on the deck are reproductions so that you can make rubbings. There are also some signs explaining what you'll find. The real petroglyphs are on rocks on the beach, and she pointed them out to us by pouring water on them - they are worth seeing - when do you normally get the chance to see such ancient art right on a beach?

Some notes: when we visited there were tons of annoying little flies buzzing about us on the beach, so you may want to come prepared (we were not). Also, there are two of the nicest, cleanest, most well-appointed port-a-potties you'll ever encounter up by the entrance to the observation deck. And, as someone else has noted, there is a very enthusiastic black dog that belongs to one of the houses nearby and he is very insistent that you throw a stick for him. Unless you want to spend your entire visit here throwing a stick for the dog (perhaps you might), don't do it!

Visited July 2013
2 Thank Anne C
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Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
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“a chance to discover...”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

for yourself some interesting historical artifacts -- maybe 1/2 mile walk from ferry terminal (or short mile from downtown) a boardwalk will guide you down to beach and exploration awaits!!

Visited July 2012
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

There are ancient rock carvings that will blow you away! Ancient peoples carved that rock art, and I want to know the meanings of the carvings, and who did the work.

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