Standard (Tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Porcupine (Ak)

Porcupine Campground is located in the Chugach National Forest in south-central Alaska near the town of Hope. Visitors have a prime location to watch windsurfers in the bay and spot Beluga whales from the scenic overlook.


Popular activities include fishing, hiking, whitewater rafting and gold panning.

Gull Rock Trail offers excellent hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. It extends for 5.1 miles along the south shore of Turnagain Arm from the end of the Hope Highway to a rocky peninsula. Snow usually melts in the area by early May and the scenic trail leads visitors over gradual hills with occasional steep sections.


Porcupine boasts an impressive scenic overlook of Turnagain Arm. Firewood is sold on-site and the campground provides an accessible vault toilet, drinking water from a hand well, fire rings, a dumpster and picnic tables.

Natural Features

The remote campground, surrounded by a mostly birch forest, sits beside Porcupine Creek on the south coast of Turnagain Arm. Turnagain Arm is a branch of the Cook Inlet, the waterway that divides the Kenai Peninsula from the mainland of Alaska.

Nearby Attractions

The town of Hope is considered the best preserved gold rush town in the region. Campers can head to town to explore the quaint historic streets and try their hand at gold panning.

ADA Access: N

USDA Forest Service
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
No Showers
Trash Available
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RVs and Trailers
No Sewer Hookups
No Water Hookups
No 30 amp Hookups
No 50 amp Hookups
Pull-Through Sites
Max Length: 46 ft.
Porcupine (Ak) is located in Alaska
60.9312 N
-149.664 W
Get Directions
From Anchorage, go about 70 miles south on Seward Highway to the Hope cutoff. Bear right at 'Y' junction and continue 17.8 miles to the town of Hope. The campground is at the end of the road.
14 Reviews of Porcupine (Ak)
Lots of bugs

Love this little Campground at the end of the Hope highway. Great place for side trips. We went the last weekend of the season and the bugs were still pretty thick. Seriously the forest service has some pit toilet magic because what ever they do smells strangely pleasant. Which is worth noting.

Such a beautiful drive

This is a standard campground with large spots that should fit the biggest RV. There are some pull through spots as well. Bring bug dope or a screen shelter because the mosquitoes are big and hungry even late into the season.

Porcupine camp

I was definitely stuck and barbed with natural beauty this camp ground provides, calm relaxation comes to mind when I think about here

Gorgeous views

We came here in mid-May and everything was beautiful and green. I've read this campground can be busy but it was not at this time. Everything was well taken care of and you could tell the hosts make sure everything is in order. Each site has parking, fire rings, and picnic tables (excluding some tent sites). The picnic tables are large and have spots for someone in a wheelchair. The views of Turnagain Arm are stunning! Sites cost $9.

City Goers Campground

If you are looking to get away from the city but are okay with close campsites this is the place for you. Has bathrooms and trash. Fire pits and picnic tables

Close to the Seaview, has a view

This campground is at the very end of the Hope road. It's often very busy on summer weekends when live bands play at the Seaview, but if you plan ahead enough you can often snag one of the reserved sites online. Strong recommend to end your day at the Seaview if there's music: live bands outdoors, great beer and food, friendliest folks around, all overlooking the Arm!

Standard Chugach National Forest campsite amenities apply: semi-secluded sites, fire pits, picnic tables. The view from some of the sites out over Turnagain Arm is amazing!

Great campground, site selection is key

Porcupine was our third campground of our trip and it was a good one. We wish we had gotten a better site, but there is plenty of hiking around to see the water and mountains. Oddly, being so close to the water in the summer in Alaska, we expected a deluge of mosquitoes, but actually found none! We used Porcupine as a base camp for hiking Portage Pass and checking out Whittier. If you're anticipating on going to Whittier, be mindful of the tunnel; it's the one way in/out of Whittier and has a toll. No major complaints about the campground, there was plenty of sticks laying around to fuel our BioLite Campstove 2. On our second day, the water pump that was closest to us, broke, didn't seem to have been fixed for the duration of our stay there.


The campground was quite and camp sites were spread out. We enjoyed hiking and biking around town.

Porcupine campground, Hope, AK

Small campground, limited spots. Best to call ahead and reserve dates. Gorgeous views of Turnagain Arm and sunrise/sunset. Down the road from a fabulous coffee shop.

Hopes and Dreams

Wonderful campsite experience. Clean bathrooms and available water. We felt safe in the area and were able to check out the beautiful views. Close to hikes!