At 325,240 acres, Denali State Park is the fourth-largest state park in Alaska and is roughly half the size of Rhode Island. The park covers the transition zone between the coastal region and the spine of the Alaska Range, and among the dense forests you can look forward to distant views of towering peaks, including Denali and the glaciers on its southern slopes.
The park, which is run through by the George Parks Hwy, is largely undeveloped, but does offer a handful of turnouts, trails, rental cabins and campgrounds that can be reached from the main road. That said, you need to be better prepared for any hiking and backpacking adventures than at the same-named national park to the north. At the height of summer, experienced backpackers may want to consider this park as a hassle-free and cheaper alternative to its NPS-managed sibling