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Introducing Kachemak Bay State Park

Stand on Homer Spit and look south, and an alluring wonderland sprawls before you: a luxuriantly green coastline, sliced by fjords and topped by sparkling glaciers and rugged peaks. This is Kachemak Bay State Park, which, along with Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park to the south, includes 350,000 acres of idyllic wilderness accessible only by bush plane or boat. It was Alaska's first state park. According to locals, it remains the best.

The most popular attraction is Grewingk Glacier, which can be seen across the bay from Homer. Viewing the glacier at closer range means a boat trip to the park and a very popular one-way hike of 3½ miles. Outside the glacier, however, you can easily escape into the wilds by either hiking or kayaking. With more than 40 miles of trails, plenty of sheltered waterways, numerous campsites and a few enclosed accommodation options, this is a highly recommended outing for a day or three.