Chena River State Recreation Area, Fairbanks

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Chena River State Recreation Area is a 254080acre state park in the U.S. state of Alaska, located east of Fairbanks. The recreation area is centered on the Chena River. Facilities include campgrounds, hiking, ATV, snowmachine and sled dog trails, a shooting range, fishing ponds, and several public-use cabins. Fishing for Arctic grayling is catch-and-release only in the river, but visitors may keep grayling caught in the three stocked ponds. The area is also noted for several concentrations of granite tors. The road through the recreation area ends at the privately owned and operated Chena Hot Springs resort.
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  • It is a very nice place to walk and see the scenic area. While it is not one of the nature hick trail that you can see wild life, there are rabbits, birds, little field mice and coyote or small wolf t...  more »
  • Visited the area in June was amazed at the wildlife. Seen a moose in a stream by the road, we sat and watched, he wasn't startled.  more »
  • With the paddle steamer through this area hazards. Great piece of Alaska, especially with the trees in fall color in the Sun. Floatplanes flying over. Many flora and fauna.
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  • Pull off anywhere and hang out. We had a picnic with the kids, fished a little, and skipped rocks. Great day outdoors.
  • Great place to spend a couple nights when visiting Fairbanks. Park is wooded and looks as if you are in the country. The noise level provides a different opinion. Probably not as much an issue for RVs but is for tent camping. Loud traffic all night on the two major streets next to park and sometime it is on the airport flight path. Only other minor concern is this park at times have issues with homeless.
  • Great bike trail and swimming spot! Easy drive to get there.
  • Great quiet place. Long straight roads with multiple river access points, a shooting range, and year round road accessible cabins. Does dog rentals near the recreation area
  • Nice cabins there, but a unbeatable number of mosquitoes (the only place on our trip through Alaska). So we put up our tent inside.

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Where to stay in Fairbanks

Downtown Fairbanks holds the highest concentration of accommodations, and here you'll find everything from hotels for business travelers to cozy bed and breakfasts. The area just across the Chena River from downtown features a few establishments that serve as convenient alternatives should you be unable to secure a place to stay downtown. The areas around the airport and the University of Alaska feature numerous accommodations, including bed and breakfasts and small inns in addition to hotels for business travelers. Just outside of town you'll find lodges, cottages, and additional bed and breakfasts that feature quieter settings closer to the mountains.
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