Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Ready to experience an Alaska National Forest adventure? June is a great time to do it while Great American Outdoors Month is celebrated.
From world-class hiking trails to cabins and campgrounds, the Chugach and Tongass National Forests have something for everyone.
A few top places to explore in the Tongass National Forest are:
• Auk Village Campground: Stay in an established campsite near a scenic beach in Juneau.
• Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site: View brown and black bears fishing for salmon near Hyder.
• Skater’s Cabin: Enjoy a family picnic on the shore of Mendenhall Lake in Juneau.
• Find more sites on the Tongass here.
A few top places to explore in the Chugach National Forest are:
• Begich, Boggs Visitor Center: Tour exhibits, attend educational presentations and learn about the Chugach National Forest.
• Crooked Creek Information Site: View spawning chum and pink salmon, birds, and spot the occasional bear in Valdez.
• Trail of Blue Ice: A scenic and easy trail for hiking and biking in the heart of Portage Valley.
• Find more sites on the Chugach here.
Use these key tips for a successful adventure:
• Make it special. Use this opportunity to create new memories and traditions or celebrate long-lasting ones on Alaska’s National Forests – where nature, people, and tradition come together.
• Stay flexible. Weeknights and non-holiday weekends may have fewer visitors with more open camping spots and fewer people on the trails.
• Try a new location. There are many spots on both the Chugach and Tongass National Forests that have exciting outdoor opportunities to offer.
• Remember to have fun. Leave no trace and recreate responsibly.