Chugach National Forest Guide

The forest preserve now known as Chugach National Forest was created initially by Russia, which owned the land. The 6,908,540-acre area became one of the first United States national forests in 1892. This national forest, which is the furthest north and west in the United States, contains North America’s largest contiguous wetlands complex along the Pacific coast, and ice covers approximately 30% of the area. Despite covering nearly 7 million acres, there are only 90 miles of maintained forest roads here. Chugach National Forest is located about 220 miles southeast of Denali National Park and reaches south to Seward, which is the gateway city to Kenai Fjords National Park. Officially, this national forest contains three sections with district headquarters at Seward, Girdwood, and Cordova, Alaska.

Where to Camp

Camping in Chugach National Forest

A great way to explore Chugach National Forest is in an RV because you can drive to see the different sections, and Seward Highway runs through the middle of it, so getting around is very easy. If you do not have your own RV, rent one on RVshare.com.

Shape Hiking Trails

Chugach National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Chugach National Forest

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How to get to Chugach National Forest

Address: This park maintains three district headquarters: Glacier Ranger District Address: 145 Forest Station Road, Girdwood, AK 99587 Seward Ranger District Address: 33599 Ranger Station Spur, Seward, AK 99664 Cordova Ranger District Address: 612 Second Street, Cordova, AK 99574

Fee: Entry fee $0

Over 500 miles of hiking trails are available at Chugach National Forest, which starts about 80 miles south of Anchorage on the Seward Highway. This forest located just south of Chugach State Park is a fantastic place to go fishing, especially for the five salmon types that live here seasonally. It is the only national forest where you can spot Dall sheep and one of only a few where you can see glaciers. An RV allows you to see all that this forest offers.