Chena River State Recreation Area, Fairbanks

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  • We have camped here in the summer and now we went ice fishing in the winter. It is a well-kept park with plenty to do.  more »
  • We drove area the area to find a spot to see the Northern Lights and also went to the lake area. We also stopped to visit with a gentleman at an ice fishing house which was cool! We did see the lights...  more »
  • The air was good and the place was immersed naturally. Is it a little different in winter? Next time I want to come by watching Aurora.
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  • The hot springs were a little stinky but loved the water. We also rode day bikes, checked out the animals and more. Very cool place to visit.
  • Great views. Boardwalk needs some more work, but that may be due to money/funding. The trails are pretty good. If you want to do the long loop, plan 5-6 hrs. Do kind of wish there were more switchbacks, intead of a lot of straight trails going up/down.
  • After moving to Eielson Feb of 2017 I can honestly say the rec area has been one of my favorite places to ride ATVs. Well groomed trails with amazing views, nice cabins, and very well marked trails. I've ridden at many places, and I'm still amazed at how well the trails placed, and kept. Plenty of adventure to be had, while not having to worry about getting lost. A++++
  • The greatest hot spring! Alaska
  • Nice area lots of camp possibility
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