Great to have a place so close to town just to stop for an overnight. Get there early for a spot on the weekends. Sites are small for the most part, better for RVs or a small tent. Some traffic noise throughout
Stayed there after going to Brown Bear Saloon earlier in the night.
A short drive from Anchorage, this campground is on the Turnagain Arm side of the Seward Highway. It's tucked into the woods - and while you'll hear highway traffic, you won't see it. This area underwent some upgrades a few years back and the facilities are much improved. You're right along the water and the opportunities for whale watching are high. Or catch a glimpse of the bore tide, or wind/kite surfers. Silver salmon are running in July and August so walk over to Bird Creek to see the combat fisherman. Bears are looking for meals too so be aware.
We've brought our bicycles along to ride along the paved route - the "Bird to Gird(wood)" trail. It's 12 mile (one way) or 24 round trip, and a fairly flat elevation. If you make it all the way up to Alyeska Resort, treat yourself at the famous Bake Shop! It can get a little windy so make sure you're properly clothed, especially kiddos. Helmets and sunglasses are a must.
This campground is only a short drive from Anchorage, but far enough so you feel like you are away from the hustle and bustle of town. There are great trails for hiking. Biggest downside is that it is close to the highway. The turnagain arm is beautiful, and if you are lucky, you might see beluga whales. Portage glacier and Girdwood are just a little farther south and worth exploring as well.
The wildlife is amazing. You can see eagles, sheep, moose, and bears (if you are lucky). Don't camp or hike without either bear spray or a gun.
Perfect place to stay if you’re looking for belugas, as it’s right along the water among the trees. There are now reservations and it’s a small site, so plan your schedule around snagging a site. The campground was renovated recently (maybe 2013), which according to our neighbors improved the roads and site flatness considerably. There’s water and vault toilets but no bear boxes or much else---great simple rustic site just outside Anchorage.
Stayed at Bird Creek for 2 nights while car camping/traveling through Alaska. Very clean faculties, lots of space between sites and countless activities. We spent most of our time hiking in and around the area. Many cool and unique hikes including one where you have to use a manual pulley thing to get across a huge river. We also went looking for Beluga whales in Turnagian Arm which is just across the way from the campground. If you didn't bring binoculars, don't worry. The state has many of them posted up along the side of the road.
We stayed in the beluga state cabin that is located at the front of the bird creek campground. First coming in to the campground it was a nice road and well signed. The cabin was located on the left town the bike trail and on the left. It was present look and well kept on the outside. We Spent 3 day 2 night. I have 4 kids myself and grandpa and we all fit in the cabin great. The heater was hard to start but we got it and it work like a boss! There was no trash and no graffiti on the walls it was refreshing to see a state cabin so well taken care of we will return most definitely!
Beautiful views quiet and good people