Talkeetna is a small town located in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and situated at the confluence of the Susitna, Chulitna, and Talkeetna Rivers. Its rugged beauty and northern charm make it a favorite stop over for travelers on the George Parks Highway. It is also used as base camp for those preparing for excursions into the Alaskan bush or Denali National Park. A small veterinary facility is available to the pups of Talkeetna, but for advanced care, you’ll have to travel an hour and a half south to Wasilla.
This place is so amazing, you’ll want to stick around and
explore the area. Make a reservation at the Meandering Moose Lodging so you’ll have
a place to stay. The cabins at this facility are dog friendly. You’ll be a mile
and a half from downtown Talkeetna and surrounded by birch and pine trees. Susitna
River Lodging also welcomes furry guests. For a small fee, your pup can bunk
here for the night.
To get a feel for the old timey Talkeetna way of life, take your pooch for a walk around the Historic District. Located in the village center, this area is a hub for dining and shopping. Stroll past the old houses and buildings that date back to the early 20th century.
No bones about it, your pooch will love Talkeetna!
Talkeetna was once a booming railroad town. Today, one of the old railroad bridges gives you access to the north side of the Talkeetna River. Once you and your pooch have crossed the bridge, follow a side path down to a sandbar. Bring a fishing pole or just explore the area with your canine pal. The nearby Chase Trail is a great spot for your pooch to get some exercise. The trail stretches 20 miles and leads to the remnants of luxury hotel that once served as a layover for rail travelers. The path is mostly gravel and flat, but can be muddy in spots.
If you have a nature loving pup, Talkeetna Lakes Park will absolutely make her day. What seems like hours away from civilization is just a couple miles from town. Spend some quality time with your pupper as you wander around the lakes and through the dense forests. Your pooch can trot along the 3.5 mile trail while breathing in the fresh mountain air. During the fall, wild blueberries grow along the path so pick a handful or two and stop to munch on the sweet snack. While hiking around, keep your eyes open for otters, beavers, fox, and moose.
Looking for a new place to walk your dog? The Talkeetna Loop Trail System has you covered. Your pooch will go mutts over this series of trails. They connect Talkeetna with the Talkeetna River and the rolling hills just east of town. Take in the gorgeous scenery as you tour the area with your four legged hiking buddy. The trails are well used throughout the year. Depending on when you go, you may see mountain bikers, off road vehicles, cross country skiers, horseback riders, or even dog sleds. Keep your pup on leash if he’s unsure about these types of trail users.
Treat your pooch to a walk around the Ski Loop Trail. Located in the southwest corner of town, this trail is a pup-ular cross country skiing spot during the winter. In the summer, it winds through lush forests and runs alongside the majestic Susitna River. As your pooch strolls along, she can gaze at the Alaska Range. The trail is a bit hilly, so she’ll get a chance to put her back legs to work. The hike starts from the parking lot of the Mt. McKinley Scenic Overlook. After your hike, snap a pawsome photo with your pooch with the mammoth mountain in the background.
Drive south on the George Parks Highway for about an hour, and you’ll come to Willow. This small town is home to the Willow Creek State Recreational Area. A variety of trails gives your pooch the opportunity to explore this beautiful section of Alaska. Lucky Shot Trail guides you to a bridge that stretches over a salmon spawning creek. Look closely for salmon eggs and fry. If your pup enjoys a nice lakeside hike, follow the Almond Lake Trail right to the shores of a beautiful lake. You may even catch a glimpse of a moose. Two Bridges Loop runs about four miles and is great for pups with a lot of energy.