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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Anchorage

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Biking Trail Historic Walking Area
Winding gently down the coast from downtown to Kinkaid Park, Tony Knowles Coastal Trail offers bikers and walkers a chance to explore Anchorage's scenery and encounter some of its typical wildlife. The 18 km (11 mi) paved stretch will lead you past the fault line of the record 1964 earthquake, through forests, and to viewpoints of the ocean and North America's highest peak, Mount McKinley. Moose, bald eagles, and beluga whales frequent the area, so be on the lookout--and don't forget your binoculars. You can rent a bike just a few blocks from the trailhead at Downtown Bicycle Rental. Make Tony Knowles Coastal Trail a centerpiece of your Anchorage vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Anchorage vacation generator.
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  • We parked at the end of 5th street (found a spot during the shoulder-season, but may be harder to do in July and August.) Traveled about a mile - no change in scenery. Fine if your aim is to jog or ri...  more »
  • This trail is 11 miles long and goes through all kinds of different scenery that is beautiful. from the forest area of Kincaid Park to the coastal parts of the trail near downtown Anchorage. You can d...  more »
  • The coastal trail is 11 miles long. I recommend renting a bike downtown near the start of the trail and biking the whole thing. Ride to the end, turn around and come back. The hill at the very end is ...  more »