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Chena River State Recreation Area

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Address: 3700 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709-4609
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+1 907-885-4363
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00

Located just north of Fairbanks, this area offer many trails for day hikes.

Located just north of Fairbanks, this area offer many trails for day hikes.

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Riverboat Cruise a MUST!

Enjoyed the Riverboat cruse and all the effort they put in to give you information and experiences. The village and guide as well as the dog sledging displays, airplane landing... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2016
Rosemary L
West Covina, California
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West Covina, California
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

Enjoyed the Riverboat cruse and all the effort they put in to give you information and experiences. The village and guide as well as the dog sledging displays, airplane landing on river etc. One of the best tours!! And we really enjoyed the lunch they served!

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200 reviews
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

We stayed two nights at the Tors Trail campground and did the Granit Trail. We had an amazing time, the campground are spacious and really clean, even the vault toilets. We really an recommend to stay there.

Thank Nicoleri
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 11 September 2016

when compared to other places in alaska, this is not worth the visit. this is like any other park and if you have lot of time you can do hiking/ biking here.

Thank Deepthi S
Fairbanks, Alaska
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

This is a great place in town for a picnic, birthday party, or camping. We've lived here for years and didn't realize it was here! Certainly a gem.

Thank pattyak
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43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We went to the park in the evening and it was very beautiful! The have a lot of camping, swim beach, play ground, walking paths. There is a place you can rent paddle boats, boats to go for the day or hourly. It was free to go in for the day but you pay a fee to camp.

Thank ColoradoMe
Appleton, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

We mainly drove around and did a few short hikes but this would also be a great area to camp and fish.

Thank megklee30
Manhattan Beach, California
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78 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Even in the dark of winter this place was utterly magical. We passed through on our way to Chena Hot Springs - at the end of Chena Hot Springs Road (just under 60 miles). This area is all about the journey so if your heading out to this area allow yourself ample time to stop, explore, enjoy and appreciate the... More 

Thank EAWH77
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 July 2016

What a great day! river was stained a bit, and the water was high, but lots of access to be had. 3 moose encounters and small grayling caught.

Thank Keith M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Hands down the best and most relaxing get away! Definitely a beautiful place to visit! The ATC riding, the hand crafted Appletini's and the Hot Springs were the best part of my visit! Definitely a must visit again soon place! When you place your feet into the hot springs it's like you getting your own foot massage! And when you... More 

Thank Roselyn P
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 26 June 2016

Lots of pull-offs to take a quiet moment to watch the Chena River. There were lots of hiking paths as well as campsites. We pulled off to have a picnic and watch the River. Lots of picnic tables available. They have a good website about the recreation area.

Thank NeedsNEscape

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