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There are many great hikes in and out of town for all different levels.
"The Loop" This walk begins down town and follows the coast around the edge of town, passes airport and finishes back down town. This nice easy walk takes approximately an hour and a half, if you don't take advantage of the many "resting spots" provided by locals.
City Creek. This trail begins at Sandy Beach and ends at City Creek. The first ten minutes of the walk is a newly constructed board walk. After that it gives way to a beaten path through the forest. During a rain storm some spots may become muddy and hikers will need to step over large sections of roots. This is a fun quick walk for young children but can be a little challenging for older folks. 
Ravens Roost trail head is across the street for the City Creek Trail, the length is 4 miles and can become difficult at times. This trail climbs the ride behind the airport, ending up at the Raven's Roost Cabin. It offers outstanding views of Petersburg, Frederick Sound, and the mainland.  
Blind River Rapid You'll need a car to access this easy board walk. Located 15 miles south of Petersburg this trail will lead you through muskeg to the rapids of Blind Slough. Bring your fishing pole and camera, this has long been the most popular place to watch and fish for king and silver salmon in June and July. Towards the end of July the bears come out to clean up what is left in the river so be on the look out for them. 
Three Lakes and Ideal Cove Trail This boardwalk is by far my favorite hike. It takes about 30 minutes to drive to from town and as far as how long it takes to hike depends on you. All three lakes are connected to each other by boardwalk but at each lake is a board walk that will take you back to the main road. Two of the lakes have a small row boat the you are welcome to take out and enjoy. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center or Forest Service building before you go and ask for a plant identification pamphlet, it will add that much more to your hike! The Ideal Cove trail is accessible from Hill Creek Bridge which is about half way between the Crane Lake and Hill Lake trail heads. Parts of this trail are muddy and hard to follow but the end view of Fredrick Sound and the mainland are beautiful.
Petersburg Creek and Lake You'll need a boat for this adventure. You can generally talk to one of the guides that are going out for the day and see if you can hitch a ride from them (don't forget to ask them to pick you up also!) or you can rent a boat from Jensen Boat Rentals or the Nordic House. The trail head is visible from the back deck at the Nordic House, it's just across the Narrows at the state dock. From the state dock the trail leads south along an old road for 800 feet and lend leaves the road bed and turns up a small set of steps and takes you to Petersburg Creek. Staying on that same trail will take you on to Petersburg Lake, the total distance one way is 10.5 miles and is rated "More Difficult" Parts of the trail are boardwalk, but other parts can be muddy or brushy.
Petersburg Mountain This hike also takes off from the state dock. This trail is rated "Most Difficult" by the Petersburg Ranger District.  The total length of the trail, one way, is 3.5 but feels more like 10 to me! With in the 3.5 mile you will go from sea level to 3000 ft in altitude. The summit of Petersburg mountain offers amazing views of Petersburg, the coastal mountains and glaciers, and Wrangell Narrows. This hike will take between 6-8 hours depending on how many times you stop to take in the view!  

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The Kayaking around Petersburg is amazing and an activity my whole family loves. There are a couple of companies in town that can help you plan your adventure. Check out and

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The fishing around Petersburg is unparalleled! In our waters you can find Halibut, King Salmon, Silver Salmon, Rockfish, Ling Cod, Shrimp, and Dungeness Crab. There are many guides in Petersburg who would be happy to take you out. For the more experienced boater there are a couple of companies, including the Nordic House, who rent self guided boats. Contact Viking Travel, check out or check with us for possible openings on our Hewescraft.
Whale Watching

Who wouldn't want to spend the day watching these magnificent creatures! There are many companies in town who provide this service, contact Viking travel to see who has openings for the time you will be in town or visit for a listing of charters.

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Glacier Tours

What a humbling feeling it is to pull up to the face of the Le Conte Glacier. This glacier is able to be viewed by either boat or float plane. Visit for a listing of charters or visit Viking Travel.


A great way to learn about Petersburg is through the self guided walking tour that can be found in our visitors guide  Through out the tour you will be shown the busy canneries, the Clausen Memorial Museum, The Sons of Norway Hall and Fishermans Memorial Park all with quaint shops and eateries in between.
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