Who does not like to enjoy an unforgettable camping experience out in the wilderness with their family and friends? The sticky s'mores and crackling flames, the long biking rides in the woods, the horseplay, and game hikes on enigmatic pathways are all activities many crave to enjoy all year long. Children also enjoy unique camping experiences. Southern Alaska provides adventure-seeking families a half-day journey from Anchorage to hundreds of official campgrounds, a myriad of informal campsites, and a plethora of wilderness destinations. Even though most of these venues are difficult to reach, lack amenities, or don't offer much for children to do, they remain the perfect destination for adventure seekers.
10 Rabbit Lake & McHugh Peak Campground
This is a fantastic steady hike near Anchorage that is well-known among residents but unknown to tourists leading to one of the best campgrounds. Visitors can explore McHugh Peak and Rabbit Lake following multiple trails. The easy trail to Rabbit Lake and McHugh Peak begins at Canyon Road off DeArmoun. Rabbit Lake is loaded with rockfish, making it an excellent destination for any angler.
- Recommended: Because this road isn't totally paved yet, it is recommended to drive it slowly. On weekends, visitors will need to arrive early to get a parking spot, which is free of charge.
9 Williwaw Campground
Williwaw is perfect for multiple campers, with 60 campsites on concrete loops and superb access to the Trail of Blue Ice, a quasi, multi-use trail that runs across the valley level. Cycling, salmon viewing, hiking, and glacier viewing are all unique activities people can enjoy nearby the Williwaw campground.
8 Chugach State Park Campground
The camping yurts are accessible by a 3- to 4-mile roundtrip hike. Chugach State Park campground is where hikers will be rewarded with breathtaking mountain and river vistas as well as low-cost cottage and yurt accommodations. The Eagle River Wildlife Center, located in the Chugach Forest, is the starting point for all routes. There are numerous paths and loops (ranging in length from less than a mile to more than 25 miles), and there is a hiking trail for everyone.
7 Eklutna Lake Campground
There are plenty of activities to do when camping by Eklutna Lake. From renting bikes or kayaks to walking and cycling along the lake. A difficult trail would be the one leading to Pepper Peak. This trek involves Twin Peaks, although it takes hikers further and ultimately up the twin peaks named after in the other trail. Both walks are beautiful, although they are steep with minimal shade for the entire route.
6 Alaska's Mint Hut Campground
The hike to reaching the hut follows a magnificent glacial river through endless patches of dandelions and dramatic mountain views all the right up a valley. The apex is a long, at times stomach-churning climb to a classic mountain chalet located beneath towering peaks. Visitors can begin their journey 1.5 hours north of Anchorage at the Gold Mint Trailhead, about 20 minutes from Palmer. People expect to pay a parking cost, daily fee, and camping fee.
5 Reed Lakes Campground
The first two miles are relatively flat at Reed Lakes campground, but the next 2.5 miles climb elevation quickly. It's a fantastic option for an overnight trip or even a day excursion. Two glacial lakes, solid granite mountain peaks, a gorgeous valley, and an alpine meadow panorama are just a few highlights. The route begins at a small dirt parking area that is free to use. The trail becomes more expansive and flatters as one walks through a magnificent heavily wooded valley and enormous granite mountain peaks.
4 Byron Glacier Campground
Visitors can begin hiking through the woods along the trail. The forests fade away after about 20 minutes of trekking, and the trail comes to a halt on the glacier moraine. There is no defined track from here, so one must choose their own path. In less than an hour of hiking, people can get to the glacier's foot, where they have a few possibilities. They can either stroll anywhere along the glacier's edge, where they can find ice caves and small streams, or enjoy climbing one of the ridges.
3 South Rolly Lake Campground
One can enjoy the perfect starry night at the end of the road camping beside this 108-acre lake in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area in Willow. To the west, untamed wilderness extends all the way to the Alaska Range and beyond. Despite this, the 97 sites in this lovely, heavily wooded campground provide all of the standard campground facilities such as outhouses, bonfire rings, tables and chairs, and a water pump.
2 Bertha Creek Campground
Bertha Creek Campsite is an excellent place for a low-key camping trip in a leisure gold-panning region with a quiet area where the youngsters won't get astray. The campground is nestled into a beautiful forest at the base of high mountains directly south of Turnagain Pass in the Kenai Mountains, approximately 65 miles to the south of Anchorage.
1 Porcupine Campground
This campground in Chugach National Forest, adjacent to the famous village of Hope, is set in a lovely birch forest overlooking Turnagain Arm. The 34 sites are planned out with seclusion in mind and provide all of the usual utilities, including a picnic area, campfire ring, outhouses, and a water tank.