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Chena River State Recreation Area
Chena River State Recreation Area

Chena River State Recreation Area

Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks, AK, 99712

The basics

Day trips to Chena River State Recreation Area often head out from Fairbanks and include a variety of outdoor adventures depending on the season. During the summer months, options include hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, wildlife viewing, fishing, and paddling. In winter, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and northern lights viewing are popular activities in the park. Tours may also include a visit to Chena Hot Springs Resort.

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Things to know before you go

  • To protect the arctic grayling fish, fishing is catch and release only.
  • The 15-mile (24-kilometer) Granite Tors Trail is one of the area’s most popular trails.
  • Chena River Recreation Area has several campgrounds available on a first-come, first-served basis and public-use cabins are available by reservation online.
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How to get there

The Chena River State Recreation Area is a 30-minute drive east of Fairbanks via the Chena Hot Springs Road. From mile marker 26 to 51, Chena Hot Springs Road travels right through the middle of the recreation area and parallels the Chena River. The road provides access to trailheads, boat launches, and campgrounds.

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When to get there

The Chena River State Recreation Area is open year-round and is a scenic place to visit in any season. Hiking, backpacking, and canoeing are best during the summer months; berry picking, fishing, and wildlife viewing are popular activities in the fall. Visit during the winter months for ice fishing, skiing, and dog sledding opportunities. Access to trails and fishing areas vary by season.

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The Chena Hot Springs Resort

Continue on Chena Hot Springs Road to the end of the road and you’ll find the Chena Hot Springs Road. This year-round resort features natural hot springs pools, an ice museum, and is a fantastic spot for viewing the Northern Lights. Chena Hot Springs Resort tours leave from Fairbanks and often include scenic stops in the Chena River State Recreation Area.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Chena River State Recreation Area?
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Attractions near Chena River State Recreation Area:
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What else should I know about attractions in Fairbanks?
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