Cripple Creek Campground
A quiet, inviting campground lies right near the highway. This campground is located in a very shady and wooded area. It is well maintained by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). A trail heads out from the walk-in campsites and meanders along the edge of Chatanika River. The BLM has constructed sturdy wooden bridges across the streams and brooks that the trail crosses while walking along the river. The trail is level enough to be hiked or biked.
As you head out from Fairbanks up toward Circle Hot Springs this campground will be on the right hand side of the road just before mile marker 60.
The facilities include toilets, water (pump handle missing May 2000), and 12 campsites with picnic tables and fire pits, and a road providing river access. There are several more walk-in sites that also have picnic tables and fire pits. These sites are even more woodsy and secluded. You will just have to carry in your camping equipment 10 to 30 yards, (depending on which site you choose) to use the sites.
There is a bulletin board near the entrance describing adventure opportunities in the area. Open the box at the bottom of the board to find BLM maps and information.Follow the road marked “River Access” to pan for gold, hike and look for wildlife. We spotted some snowshoe hares bouncing around the trail over by the walk-in campsites.
Last Visited: May 2000