Anderson, population 295, is a friendly community six miles off the George Parks Highway that is most famous for its annual bluegrass festival.
Anderson is wedged between the Nenana River and the Clear Missile Early Warning Station, 76 miles south of Fairbanks and only 52 miles north of the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve at Mile 283 of the George Parks Highway. The town was founded in the late 1950s by homesteaders who staked out plots in the area. One of them was Art Anderson, who in 1959 subdivided his 80-acre homestead and sold most of it to civilian workers from nearby Clear Air Force Station.
Things to do
The heart of town is Anderson Riverside Park, a beautiful 616-acre park on the banks of the Nenana River. The park has an excellent view of Mount McKinley and features campsites along the river, a picnic area and recreation trails. There is also a bandstand that is put to good use in the last weekend of July when the town hosts the annual Anderson Bluegrass Festival. Locals and visitors alike love camping along the river and taking in three days of bluegrass and country music along with the crafts, food booths and a beer garden.