Looking for things to do near the Eklutna Historical Park? Check out these nearby trails and parks:


Thunder Bird Falls (hiking trail)

This easy, 1 mile (each way) hike along the Eklutna River canyon ends in a viewing deck overlooking picturesque Thunder Bird Falls. For a more challenging hike, take the trail to the base of the falls to feel the spray from the river as it plunges over 200 feet. Ice climbers often take advantage of the frozen flow in winter months, while hikers can enjoy native plants and views of the canyon year round.

Alaska State Parks day use pass required; $5 per vehicle. Restrooms at trailhead.


Reflections Lake

This short 1 mile loop around scenic Reflections Lake is located at the Knik River Access just north of Eklutna. Wheelchair accessible, this loop includes a multi-story wildlife viewing platform and interpretive information about the flora and fauna of the Knik River area. Birders will especially enjoy the wealth of bird species to be found in this wildlife preserve.

No fees required; toilets available.


Eklutna Lake

Located 11 miles from the Eklutna exit off the Glenn Highway, Eklutna Lake is the Chugach State Park’s largest lake and the City of Anchorage’s water reservoir. This state park has 50+ campsites, drinking water, restrooms, and day use firepits, plus a wide range of water activities, hiking trails, public use cabins, and more.  The 13 mile lakeside trail features interpretive signs and easy lake access, while more challenging hikes to Twin Peaks, Bold Peak, and Eklutna Glacier can be multi-day adventures. Limited ATV and snowmachine/snowmobile use is allowed: check for details at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources >

Alaska State Parks day use pass or camping permit required.


Knik River Public Use Area

Enjoy hundreds of miles of trails, glaciers, braided rivers, camping, hunting, fishing, birdwatching and wildlife viewing, boating and much more. Accessible from the Glenn Highway just north of Eklutna Village, the Knik River area features include Knik Glacier, Knik River, Pioneer Peak, Jim Creek, Bodenburg Creek, Friday Creek, Metal Creek, and Hunter Creek. Find trail maps, activities and more by clicking here.