“Decent wooded park in the middle of town. Lots of traffic noise.”
Chena River Wayside is a nice urban state park set right in the middle of town by the Chena River. However, there is lots of traffic noise from nearby roads and the airplanes flying overhead. The park is in walking distance of 2 major grocery stores and some restaurants.
Since there was NO park ranger enforcing rules and no camp host at the time of our visit in June 2019 there were what appeared to be homeless making a camp near the back of the park. The police were notified (not by us) and they were asked to leave the park. We didn’t feel unsafe in this park, it was just sad to see it being so unkept for a state recreation area.
Chena River Wayside
Chena River Wayside offers large sites. There are 60 campsites for vehicles, 11 that have electric and water hookup, five walk-in campsites, picnic sites along the river, drinking water, restrooms with flush toilets, dump station, boat launch, and river-side walking trails.
Would we stay again?
We will definitely stay at Chena River Wayside if we are ever in Fairbanks again since it is convenient for us. Plus with our Alaska State Park Veteran State Pass we stay free.
Nightly Cost: $30 (Alaska State Park Veteran State Pass FREE) Prices change with what amenities the site has ($20, $25, $30 per night).
Days Stayed: 14
Hookups: Electric – Water – Dump on site.
Pad Type: Gravel
Pets: Allowed on Leash
Cell Service: Cell service was good with AT&T. 2 to 3 bars of 4G without the booster.
You can find all of our Campground Reviews here on our 2019 Campground Reviews page along with a map of the places we have stayed.
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