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“Take your time and explore”

Chena River State Recreation Area
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Chena River Guided Fishing Tour
Ranked #15 of 95 things to do in Fairbanks
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Owner description: Located just north of Fairbanks, this area offer many trails for day hikes.
Mebane, North Carolina
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23 reviews
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“Take your time and explore”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

The Recreation area includes several campgrounds, the Chena River and ponds that are stocked with fish. I'd recommend spending the day exploring as many of these as possible. Look carefully at the waters edge with every body of water you pass. In one day we saw 7 moose, 1 grizzly, and 2 beavers. I've never fished there, but we've seen plenty of people enjoying fly-fishing along the river. It's also a popular area for canoeing and rafting. I recommend extreme caution boating in this area. The water is icy cold and log jams are around every bend.

Visited September 2013
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Phoenix
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“Chena River Recreation area”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

The drive to Chena Hot Springs is always beautiful. I have always seen moose on this drive.
Another wonderful close drive is out to the Chena River Lakes district. Nice place to go for a picnic after visiting Santa's place at North Pole. I think it is about one or two exits further. There is viewing of the flood plain and some history about the flooding in Fairbanks.

Visited August 2013
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Redlands, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Pretty ...but nothing special...”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

It's pretty - but this is what I expected to see. Very similar to northern states mountain area.
Fishing and hunting seems to be popular here and I see plenty of people doing just that. Many roads off main highway is not paved.

Visited September 2013
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The Woodlands, Texas
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A Good Way to See Wildlife- Chena Hot Springs?”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

We stopped on the drive and saw a number of moose. We would see a few cars parked along the road and soon we were able to spot a moose or two on our own. We drove to Chena Hot Springs and looked around. Very interesting to see the green houses and walk around the gardens and hot springs. We did't go in the water. Drove back to Fairbanks the same day.

Visited August 2013
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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Scenic and relaxing”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Angel Rocks trail is not difficult or too long and is has riverside picnic tables plus a potty - you can't get better than that in this area.

Visited September 2013
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