State parks are always a great way to get outside and enjoy nature, and even more so in Alaska. Who would have thought one of the largest US state parks could be located less than 20 minutes away from a major airport? With over 480,000 acres of land and over 275 miles of trails, you won't be lacking in outdoor activities. Camp, hike, picnic, ride bikes, ATV's or horses, snowmobile, pan for gold, fish and more. You'll probably run into wildlife at some point. Moose, bears, birds, mountain goats, fox, dall sheep and eagles are regularly seen by visitors. Just remember to practice bear safety. The Thunder Bird Falls Trail is great for families and is an easy hike along boardwalks and hills where you can view the falls. If you're more experienced, there are plenty of challenging trails too. If you prefer to see the park via a vehicle, there are several lookout points and pull outs that provide expansive views.
Less than a 10 minute drive from the Temple:
- Head northwest on Brayton Drive towards Steeple Drive
- At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto E Huffman Rd
- At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto the AK-1 S ramp
- Merge onto AK-1 S
- State Park is on the left