Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is an 11-mile (18 km) long trail along the coast of Anchorage, Alaska designated for non-motorized use. The

photo: Wooded area long the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Anchorage, Alaska - Photographer: John Terrill Type: Rail Trail
Length: 11.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Anchorage, Alaska. 2nd Avenue Downtown Anchorage to Kincaid Chalet at Kincaid Park
State(s): Alaska
Counties: Anchorage
Latitude: 61.15365
: -150.0552

Access to the trail is available at the extreme northeast end of West 2nd Ave. near the railroad depot, at the extreme southwest end at Kincaid Chalet, and several points in between.


As the name implies, the Coastal Trail hugs the coastlines of Knik Arm and Cook Inlet from 2nd Avenue downtown Anchorage to Kincaid Park 10+ miles away. This roundtrip tour starts at Westchester Lagoon (milepost 0), runs north to 2nd Avenue and H Street, then, back to Westchester Lagoon. This section of the Coastal Trail is approximately 1.28 miles in length (one-way) and is not marked by mileposts. The other section of the Coastal Trail is presented separately under "Coastal South." Click on the map thumbnail for a larger map; use your browser's back button to return. Some highlights of the trail are listed below.
Scenic Views of Knik Arm, Cook Inlet, Mountain Ranges, the Port of Anchorage, & Sections of Downtown Anchorage
The Alaska Railroad Tracks Parallel the Trail
Margaret Eagan Sullivan Park (Westchester Lagoon), Elderberry Park, & Oscar Anderson House

Bird, Duck, Small Mammal, & Beluga Whale Sightings

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1996

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Alaska State Trails Program - trail details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Randy Hoffbeck
Parks & Beautification Manager
Municipality of Anchorage
P.O. Box 196650
Anchorage , AK 99519 -6650
(907) 343-4562



Kincaid Park near Anchorage Airport. Photo by John Terrill.

Kincaid Park near Anchorage Airport. Photo by John Terrill.


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