Explore the most popular trails in Ninilchik State Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Ninilchik, whose name means "peaceful settlement by a river", is located on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula, about 40 miles south of Soldotna. It was settled in the early 1800's by Russian colonists. They subsided on fishing, hunting, trapping and gardening. When Alaska was sold to the United States, many of these settlers decided to stay on. Some of the old buildings still exist in the Ninilchik village and many descendants of the old families still live here. Today, Ninilchik has become a popular staging area for world class salmon and halibut fishing. Mt. Iliamna and Mt. Redoubt, both active volcanoes, greet visitors to the area. While your are in Ninilchik, be sure to see the experience the historical Ninilchik Village and the Russian Orthodox Church. Make sure you visit the Kenai Peninsula State Fair which is held in Ninilchik every August.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Drove from Seward to Homer yesterday. Road's all tore up from Cooper Landing to Sterling with potholes and dips and pavement damage, many of them appearing without any warning. Lots of little places to stop and go for a walk, although the scenery gets a lot milder once you reach Sterling.

Wonderful drive. Loved every mile

scenic driving
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Awesome drive and well worth the time!

scenic driving
Sunday, April 28, 2013

I grew up here and feel I know every bump. Great scenic highway.

scenic driving
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It may be only a road but it's some of the best scenery by road around. Beautiful year round but can be crowded in summer (tourist season)

scenic driving
9 months ago