Turnagain Arm and the Seward Highway boasts some of the most incredible Alaskan views. You are driving literally right along the Cook Inlet with glorious mountains stretched all around you. The scenery doesn’t get much better than that. But on top of the drive, there are many pull-offs to get out, explore, and enjoy some Alaskan sunshine. One such pull off is Bird Point Park – a great place for both kids and adults!
The views surrounding Bird Point are amazing. At this point along the Seward Highway, you are at a narrow point along the Turnagain Arm. This makes it one of the best places to watch the bore tide. As the high tide comes in, you may also be fortunate enough to catch glimpses of beluga whales coming in to feed on fish (usually salmon or hooligan). But even if you do not get the chance to see the bore tide or belugas, it’s still a wonderful place to stop, stretch your legs, and get a chance to really take in those incredible mountain and Cook Inlet views.
The path around Bird Point is not long at all (maybe a quarter of a mile one way?), and very doable for almost anyone. There is some incline, but it is smooth and gradual. The main areas are wheelchair accessible, though a few little nooks and crannies have stairs only. The paths are made of stone and our kids loved running along the paths, and up into the “towers” to catch all the different viewing areas. There are many informative signs all along the trail teaching about the beluga whales, bore tide, and that portion of the Turnagain Arm. There are also free binoculars for your use.
From the parking lot, you can also access other bike and hiking trails along the highway. We did not get a chance to take these paths, but we definitely hope to check them out later. A long bike ride may be in the plans for our future!
The Beluga Whale Art
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the beluga whale art at Bird Point. My kids would be horrified if I left it out in fact, as it was their favorite part. At the front of the parking lot, near where you pick up the bike trail, there are several small statues of beluga whales built along the pathway. Our kids loved (and I do mean LOVED) running along these statues and playing on them. We probably spent about 30 minutes right in this area allowing them to just play and enjoy the warm spring weather we were experiencing (not necessarily normal for Alaska)! I’m sure your kids would enjoy them, as well, and while they play you can enjoy their fun while taking in the beautiful scenery around you.
Bird Point Park – a Perfect Resting and Picnic Place
Bird Point isn’t a grand hike, but it is a beautiful area to stop, rest, and get some fresh air with amazing scenery. It would be a perfect place to have a little picnic, or (as we did) just play and stretch our legs. It’s definitely a great little detour to take as a family when you are driving along Turnagain Arm. If you want to catch more of our helpful tips and tricks for exploring Alaska, be sure you are following our Facebook page!