This trail head and day use area is close to Anchorage for a quick hike to a descent size waterfall. Parking area maybe has 30 spots. $5 day use fee per vehicle. Pit toilets. Bring hand sanitizer! Dogs are welcome and can handle the trail, they just have to be on a leash and pick up their poo. Dog waste bags are not provided by the state park so bring your own. State Park posts bear sightings and safety info. Bring bear spray just in case.
Theres a hike to the platform to view the falls and then it branches off to another trail that takes you all the way down the to river and right up to the pool at the base of the falls. There’s not a ton of room at the pool so if there’s a ton of people hiking that day you might have to wait for people to leave the area to experience the waterfall up close.
Anytime I have to pass through town, I will swing into Thunderbird and hike to the falls. The trail is very well maintained and has just enough incline to get your heart pumping.