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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is an 11-mile (18 km) long trail along the coast of Anchorage, Alaska designated for non-motorized use. The

photo: Tony Knowles Coastal Trail - northern end near Margaret Eagan Sullivan PArk - 8-12-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Length: 11.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Rail Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: Anchorage, Alaska. 2nd Avenue Downtown Anchorage to Kincaid Chalet at Kincaid Park
State(s): Alaska
Counties: Anchorage
Longitude: -150.0552
Latitude: 61.15365

Driving Directions

Access to the trail is available at the extreme northeast end of West 2nd Ave. near the railroad depot, at the extreme southwest end at Kincaid Chalet, and several points in between.

Description

As the name implies, the Coastal Trail hugs the coastlines of Knik Arm and Cook Inlet from 2nd Avenue downtown Anchorage to Kincaid Park 10+ miles away. This roundtrip tour starts at Westchester Lagoon (milepost 0), runs north to 2nd Avenue and H Street, then, back to Westchester Lagoon. This section of the Coastal Trail is approximately 1.28 miles in length (one-way) and is not marked by mileposts. The other section of the Coastal Trail is presented separately under "Coastal South." Click on the map thumbnail for a larger map; use your browser's back button to return.

Some highlights of the trail: Scenic Views of Knik Arm, Cook Inlet, Mountain Ranges, the Port of Anchorage, & Sections of Downtown Anchorage, The Alaska Railroad Tracks Parallel the Trail, Margaret Eagan Sullivan Park (Westchester Lagoon), Elderberry Park, & Oscar Anderson House, Bird, Duck, Small Mammal, & Beluga Whale Sightings

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1996

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Randy Hoffbeck
Parks & Beautification Manager
Municipality of Anchorage
P.O. Box 196650
Anchorage, AK 99519 -6650
(907) 343-4562

 

Photos

Kincaid Park near Anchorage Airport. Photo by John Terrill.

Kincaid Park near Anchorage Airport. Photo by John Terrill.

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail - southern end near Kincaid Park - 8-8-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail - southern end near Kincaid Park - 8-8-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

 

Moose eyeballing me.  Tony Knowles Coastal Trail - southern end near Kincaid Park - 8-8-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Moose eyeballing me. Tony Knowles Coastal Trail - southern end near Kincaid Park - 8-8-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail - northern end near Margaret Eagan Sullivan PArk - 8-12-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail - northern end near Margaret Eagan Sullivan PArk - 8-12-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

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