Standout State Park in Alaska


In a land filled with national park land, there are some state park gems in Alaska. Point Bridget is one of them. This nearly 3,000-acre park is located just 40 miles from Juneau, Alaska. The landscape is breath-taking and features cliffs, meadows, streams where salmon spawn, beaches, and scenic views of the sea. During the winter months the park attracts cross-country skiers and snowshoers. The park is not that old, only having been created in 1988 by the Alaska State Legislature after a decade of effort by conservationists, recreationists, and the state park advisory board. The land on which the park exists has an interesting history that dates back to the times of inhabitance by only Tlingit Natives. When Captain Vancouver arrived in 1794 he named the Point after his mother, Bridget Berners. The ensuing gold rush led to the development of the city of Juneau and years later, the Point Bridget land was appointed a park. Hiking is a popular activity in the park and hikers should be prepared for emergencies, bear encounters, and rain-soaked landscapes. There are two public cabins on the grounds that are available for rent. Before hiking, familiarize yourself with park rules, and remember disturbing or damaging natural objects is always prohibited.

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