Tok Area Parks
When crossing over the U.S.-Canadian border on the Alaska Highway, these parks offer welcome respite from the road.
Located only 92 miles west of the Canada border, Tok serves as the gateway to Alaska for travelers driving the Alaska Highway. The community is often the first Alaska town travelers stop at after that lengthy drive along the Alaska Highway and gives them their first opportunity to explore the Alaska Range. Tok is a 3.5 hour drive from Fairbanks and 6 hour drive from Anchorage.
Surrounding Tok are three state recreation sites where travelers can enjoy camping, picnicking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Migrating sandhill cranes and a growing resident population of trumpeter swans are especially popular among bird enthusiasts. Moose can often be seen grazing in the area. Animals are most active around sunrise and sunset.
EAGLE TRAIL STATE RECREATION SITE
Eagle Trail State Recreation Site is the largest site at 280 acres. Located 16 miles south of Tok on the Tok Cut-Off Highway, the park includes portions of the Old Slana Highway, Valdez-Eagle Trail, and the Washington-Alaska Military Cable and Telephone System. The campground has 35 campsites and is popular with visitors traveling between Tok and Glennallen on the Richardson Highway. Other facilities include picnic shelters and hiking trails, including a one mile nature trail and a 2.5 mile hiking trail with views of the Tok River Valley.
MOON LAKE STATE RECREATION SITE
Moon Lake State Recreation Site is 15 miles northwest of Tok along the Alaska Highway. The 22-acre park is a popular destination for locals for swimming, boating, and water skiing. Facilities at Moon Lake State Recreation Site include a 15-site campground, picnic areas, and a boat launch.
TOK RIVER STATE RECREATION SITE
Tok River State Recreation Site is 4.5 miles east of Tok along the Alaska Highway. Situated on the east bank of the Tok River, the 38-acre park provides camping, hiking, and access to float trip opportunities. Tok River State Recreation Site features 43 campsites, picnic shelters, a walking trial, and access to Tok River.
All three recreation sites are accessible by road. Eagle Trail State Recreation Site is at Mile 109.5 of the Tok Cut-Off Highway. Moon Lake State Recreation Site is near Mile 1332 of the Alaska Highway.
Tok River State Recreation Site is at Mile 1309 of the Alaska Highway.
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