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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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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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  • Everything was still covered in snow and ice during our visit but we drove around and there are still many places to park and walk. Some walks take you to the top of the reservoir and the 360 degree v...  more »
  • Moving about in hot, hot sulfur smelling water, watching steam billow up and obscure another only four feet away, makes for an errie experience under a night sky. Voices laughing and couple clinging t...  more »
  • We had a fantastic time at our rented ice house. Though small, the ice house came with a wood stove to keep you warm (which it did!) and the holes already dug for us. It was a lot of fun and such beau...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 9-2-16, We mostly drove through the park but hiked the Tors and Angel Rock area. Lots of water and alpine zones. The rocks on the Tors are mystical looking and well worth the 15 mile round trip.