Tok, Alaska Campgrounds and RV Parks

  1. Tok RV Village
  2. Tundra RV Park
  3. Three Bears Outpost RV Park
  4. Gateway Salmon Bake RV Park
  5. Alaskan Stoves Campground
  6. Sourdough Campground RV Park
  7. Tok River State Recreation Area
  8. Eagle Trail State Recreation Site
  9. Moon Lake State Recreation Site
  10. Cathedral Creeks B&B / RV Park
  11. West Fork Campground
  12. Lakeview Campground
  13. Porcupine State Recreation Site
  14. Grizzly Lake Campground
  15. Deadman Lake Campground
  16. Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost
  17. Chicken Creek RV Park
  18. Walker Fork Campground
  19. Border City Lodge RV Park
  20. Fielding Lake State Recreation Area

Tok, Alaska

Tok is the first town you come to in Alaska if you are arriving on the Alaska highway. On Main Street, there is an excellent Visitor Center where you can prepare yourself for any further excursions you intend to make. Pick up a selection of maps and brochures, enjoying a free coffee as you browse. This building is reputed to be the largest log structure in Alaska.

As you drive through town, you will notice that the forest encroaches fairly freely along the highway, although there are clearings at businesses and parking lots. Once you're out of town, the forest surrounds you thickly again. The wildness of Alaska seems barely tamed; this is one of the most enchanting aspects of the state.

Tok has remained frontier-like in its style, with adventures outlying at each point of the compass. North is the famous Forty-Mile Country. You may choose to travel the Top of the World Highway through fascinating geologic formations. Old mining digs can be explored. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to view the vast caribou herd indigenous to the area. You can stop and camp at Moon Lake State Recreation site along your way.

South of Tok, the Mentasta Mountains are situated between the more famous Wrangells and the Alaska Range and show geological evidence of age, providing an interesting contrast to the younger ranges nearby. Many species of wildlife make their home here. An earth quake in 2002 re-configured the Mentasta Mountains and the Wrangells. The resultant changes are still very evident. Eagle Trail Recreation Site is a state park in this vicinity.

Heading west, you will find the Great One Mountain (Denali), in the Alaska Mountain Range. This range extends over 600 miles west into the center of the state, and its peaks range from 6,000 ft. to over 10,000. You can choose to follow it into the interior of the state. With a west heading towards Fairbanks, you will come across several state park camping areas and several commercial parks as well.

If you are fond of flowing water, travel east where river and streams and the accompanying wildlife await. Visit the Tetlin Wildlife Refuge to learn about what you can spot while exploring this part of the country. The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve offers fly-in camping accommodations. There is only one state campground, which is Kendesnii Campground and you can drive to it. It has the added virtues of being free, and open all year round.

Most of the fun activities around Tok happen outdoors. The hiking and fishing that are prevalent during the short, bright summers pair well with camping and a rustic lifestyle. This doesn't mean that the amenities that make camping easiy and comfortable are not available. You will find a good selection of well equipped commercial campgrounds around Tok. The campgrounds in the state parks generally offer primitive camping in scenic settings.

In March, the Race of Champions is held in Tok. The tradition of this race began in 1954, long before the advent of snowmobiles and the like, when owning a dog sled team was a matter of life and death. The Race of Champions is the largest race in the Triple Crown of dog races held in three different centers in Alaska. The other two are the Open North American Race in Fairbanks and the Fur Rendezvous in Anchorage. Although dog sledding is not thought of as a year-round sport, the dogs' training must continue and summer wheeled dog sledding is prevalent.

One of the town's charms is connected with the moniker Sled Dog Capital of Alaska and the many businesses that have to do with mushing. Even in summer, you can get fully-equipped here, meet and rent a wheeled sled dog team or sign up for a ride. Or you can help breeders by visiting the sled dog pups and helping to socialize them. These dogs have to be completely dependable and must learn from a young age how to pull heavy loads, work alongside other dogs and behave amiably with people of all sorts. With the costs of raising sled dogs increasing, the opportunity to interact with the pups is decreasing.

In general, the commercial enterprises, including eateries, groceries and shopping are along the Alaska Highway which is the main street in Tok. A fascinating idea for a day's excursion is a search for a selection of Alaskan jewellery. There are quite a few shops offering souvenirs and jewellery of fine workmanship. At one of these, you will also find sled dogs! Take time to talk to the vendors and allow the relaxed pace of Alaska to seep into you.

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