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Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park

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National Park Service

Kenai Fjords National Park

Exit Glacier has a 12-site, walk-in, tent-campground. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no reservations or camping fees. There is a fourteen-day stay limit. The campground frequently fills by early evening in July and August. A central food storage, cooking and dining shelter is provided. Cooking and/or storing food in campsites is prohibited. There is a pump for drinking water and pit toilets are available. Pets are not permitted in campsites.

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Location

Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park is located in Alaska

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Directions

The 12-site, tent-only campground is located just before the parking lot to the Exit Glacier Nature Center. Turn on to Herman Leirer Road (commonly called "Exit Glacier Road") at mile 3 of the Seward Highway - AK-9. Proceed 8 miles. The campground will be the first turn on the left, after crossing into the park, about 3/4 of a mile after the park's entrance sign. Google Map Coordinates: 60.1914453,-149.6193232

Address

Kenai Fjords National Park P.O. Box 1727
Seward, AK 99664

Coordinates

60.190968 N
149.61812 W

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Access

  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Group
  • Tent Cabin

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  • Trash
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

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16 Reviews

T
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2021

Favorite Alaskan Campground

Stayed here in June and it was beyond amazing. Small secluded campground. First come first serve basis. Only one other camper here. Small communal fire pit and food storage.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Trevor H., July 8, 2021
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Trevor H., July 8, 2021
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Trevor H., July 8, 2021
Cody M.
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2021

Quiet Seclusion

Camping is free and no registration required, just set up in an open spot. Spots are secluded and spaced far apart. Sites are nothing but a gravel pad. A communal cooking, fire, and food storage area is provided. Non-potable well water. Clean vault toilets. Very quiet. The weather was often much milder at the campground than in town.

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Month of VisitJuly
Sam M.
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2020

Primitive but gets the job done

Stayed here on my big Alaska trip. Really not much to it, but it was a super nice place to stay. I think there was only around 15 sites or so, and they are first come first served. There were some toilets and food storage. We were just passing through but it was a great place to stay for the night. Make sure to check out the exit glacier trail not too far from there. We also took a little day cruise in Seward which was a ton of fun. I would definitely recommend something like that. This was a great stop on our trip!

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Sam M., February 23, 2020
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Sam M., February 23, 2020
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Sam M., February 23, 2020
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Hana T.
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2018

Really nice

I had no problem.

Stacey C.
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2018

Lovely little campground!

This is a nice little walk in campground. The sites aren't very far from the car and the food storage/shelter/eating area isn't far from the car either. The further in you camp, the more privacy you score and the furthest away ends up by the gravel bar with the braided river lulling you to sleep. There wasn't any wind and the mosquitos were INSANE! Bring your bugspray and a headnet. The campground was having a problem with bears in the area. The bear storage bin had recently been attacked sporting huge dents and claw scratches.

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Month of VisitAugust
Samantha M.
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2018

Stay and Play

This would be a terrific walk in tent site option to try out. Exit glacier is beautiful with nice trails. My 5 and 7 year olds did the walk just fine from parking lot to the glacier (maybe 20 min). There is a one mile wheelchair accessible trail loop with views of the glacier. There are two accessible camp sites. You are not allowed to store food at your campsite but there is a communial storage area for these items. There are vaulted toilets and a cooking area to use.

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Samantha M., July 24, 2018
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Samantha M., July 24, 2018
Sierra  S.
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2018

Accesible and Amazing

Exit glacier is an amazing destination for all ages and capabilities. Although dogs are not welcome on the hike, it is short enough that you won’t be missed long. If you can’t do much hiking, the path is paved to a viewing point but you can still get extrordinarily close without any extreme terrain. I visit almost every year while visiting family and reccomend it to anyone coming from out of state. A lot of Alaska’s glaciers are hard to access but this one isn’t!

  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Sierra  S., July 10, 2018
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Sierra  S., July 10, 2018
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Sierra  S., July 10, 2018
Chloe D.
Reviewed May. 28, 2018

Magical

This is one of the most beautiful places on earth! Nothing beats camping near a glacier!

Month of VisitSeptember
L
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2017

Convenient, Free, Clean & GREAT location

After hiking the Harding ice field, I camped here. It was perfect! Prime location after a long hike, clean & free.

  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Lauren T., March 17, 2017
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Lauren T., March 17, 2017
C
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2016

Ice Climbing & Kayaking

I'm totally obsessed with this campground. It is beautiful. Great campsites for RVs and tents. So much to do here activity wise too. Went kayaking and ice climbing. Such a great location. It is also right on the inlet. So pretty as the sun sets. Lots of glaciers and snow caps.

  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Carly S., September 3, 2016
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Carly S., September 3, 2016
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Carly S., September 3, 2016
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Adam S.
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2016

Campground with Glacier Views

Great and unique campground with glacier views. Tents only and campground is clean and well maintained. Can be busy, but generally not to bad. Nice little hike out to the glacier or longer hikes up to the ice field if you want. Be bear aware, especially with food as there is lots of wildlife in the area. Close enough to Seward, but a ways down the road so a vehicle is recommended as the campground is a ways from town. Easy enough for a day trip into Seward tho for water activities, beach, brewery, etc.

  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Adam S., August 31, 2016
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J
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2016

Excellent free campground

This campground is clean and tidy, has a wonderful mountain view, and it's free! Park rangers patrol regularly, which is both a nuisance (when they woke my husband asking him if he had food in his tent) and an excellent safety feature considering how frequently bears are encountered in the area. Dogs are not allowed in the campground (rangers enforce this) but can be in the parking lot and in your car.

  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Joy W., July 20, 2016
Dan N.
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2016

Can't get better close to a town

Short drive from Seward (which has grocery, general store, etc) and you're at this glacier with hiking and a small primitive campground. Walking around the park really hits you how bad climate change is. Our camp site was shady and forested. I bet this fills up quick in the summer. Just a great place to get outdoors without going too far from civilization. Would return.

Amber A.
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2016

Kenai beauty, perfect mountain meets the sea area

Sites are wooded or pretty open and close to the glacier, mountains, and water. Lots of wildlife in the area (moose, porcupines, eagles, and more) and wildflowers! There's nothing like seeing a glacier at sunrise, worth the short hike from your tent. National Park-level campground is clean, safe, and absolutely lovely. If possible, go on one of the boat tours in the area to see whales, puffins, sea birds, otters, sea lions, etc! Best trip ever. All tents! No reservations so get there mid-afternoon to secure a spot. Close to Seward for dining, supplies, ice, etc.

  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Amber A., June 30, 2016
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Amber A., June 30, 2016
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Amber A., June 30, 2016
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Dan G.
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

Good Camping, Great Hiking

Exit Glacier Campground is a good spot to set-up if you want to take your time at Exit Glacier. This is a TENT ONLY campground with only a handful of sites (12). They do not take reservations and all of the spots are on a first come first serve. We had no problem getting a spot the day we were there, however, we visited on a Tuesday. I would recommend if you want a spot hit up the campground prior to visiting the Exit Glacier vistors center and doing any of the activities in the area. If you are on the Kenai Pennisula, Exit Glacier is a must visit in my mind, especially if you are looking for great hikes and the ability to get up close to a glacier. The Campground itself is nothing special, but it is the only one close to Exit Glacier. It has a large walk in bear locker, which you have to use in this area, vault toilets and a water pump with drinkable water. The bear lockers are key, because we heard of two cars broken into in the couple of days we were there. The tent spots are fairly spread out and private with a few of the sites closer to the river/glacier runoff which make for the best views. The campground is just down the road from the Exit Glacier parking lot and visitors center. If you have time one of my favorite hikes of all times is the Harding Ice field Trail that runs along the glacier and up to the Harding Ice Field. It is an 8.2 mile round-trip but the elevation gain makes it strenuous (1,000 feet per mile). Plan for about 8 hours to really enjoy the views.

  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Dan G., June 22, 2016
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Dan G., June 22, 2016
  • Review photo of Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park by Dan G., June 22, 2016
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L
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2016

LOVE LOVE!

Camped out by Exit Glacier and was not disappointed! Would have been nice to have some more options for showering, but all in all, I love this location! The sound of the river is close enough to make you think you're floating down stream!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Exit Glacier Campground — Kenai Fjords National Park does not have wifi.