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KTVA went to the Eagle River Nature Center to learn about the center and the trails it has to offer.

The Eagle River Nature Center is operated by a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide connections to nature through interpretive education, resource protection and outdoor opportunities.

The Nature Center is located within Chugach State Park, one of Alaska's largest state parks and within 40 minutes driving distance from downtown Anchorage and 12 miles from Eagle River town. 

The center is open year round. There are free guided nature walks, programs for kids, over 10 miles of hiking trails, park information services and overnight public use facilities.

There are nature programs for children and adults each Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and free daily nature walks throughout the summer months. A parking fee of $5 per vehicle to support the Nature Center's free programs.

Rodak Nature Trail is a short, 3/4 mile nature loop with interpretive signage and benches which leads to our Beaver Viewing Deck and Salmon Viewing Deck. You are asked not to pick berries from this trail for education purposes and to keep all pets on a leash on the Trail. This easy trail is .75 miles and takes about 45 minutes to hike. This trail is groomed for cross-country skiing in the winter.

Albert Loop Trail is a 3-mile loop that begins at the Nature Center and reaches the bank of the Eagle River. Depending on the extent of beaver activity and rainfall, this trail may be muddy with standing water in places. This trail is regularly closed from August through October to allow bears to feed on salmon-rich creeks without creating potential bear-human conflicts. This trail is rated easy to moderate. Distance is 3 miles; usually takes one to two hours to hike.

Dew Mound Trail trail length varies. Depending on how many loops you take of this multi-looped backcountry trail, you will travel between half a mile to 6 miles. This trail is more rugged than the Albert Loop Trail narrower and with more elevation gain. You see views of the Eagle River Valley and little Dew Mound Lake. This trail is groomed for cross-country skiing only from trailhead kiosk along the Iditarod/Crow Pass Trail to the Yukla Yurt. The hike is moderately strenuous. Allow 4 to 5 hours to hike the full trail.

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