Are you ready to ditch your screens and travel to an exotic location full of incredible awe and wonder? At Kachemak Bay State Park, you’ll discover your inner explorer and create lasting memories traversing the largely unexplored wilderness of Alaska.
Nestled between the snowy mountains of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, Kachemak Bay State Park boasts activities for every age and background. Spanning 400,000 acres, this park is perfect for social distancing!
Let’s Plan a Day Trip to Kachemak Bay State Park!
Blaze a Trail
Begin your day with a hike through the Alaskan Wilderness on a guided or unguided tour! With over 25 miles of park trails, there’s plenty of ground to cover. We recommend booking the Glacier Lake Family Hike. This easy, popular 3.2-mile hike departs the Homer spit at 11:30 am and returns back around 5 pm, just in time for dinner.
Don’t feel like packing your own gear? Local outfitter, Kachemak Gear Shack, has you covered!
Meet Some Furry Friends
While you’re on your tour, see if you can spot some of our animal friends along the trail. Featured wildlife in the park includes black and grizzly bears, seals and sea otters, porpoises and whales, and eagles and puffins. We always recommend bringing a camera to capture these Alaskan critters. Even an amateur photographer can get an award-winning shot! Follow us on Facebook to see some of our favorites.
The Family Hike is perfect for glacier enthusiasts. Hikers will see plenty of these natural phenomena during their trek. Many brave visitors choose to swim in the ice-cold water to retrieve a piece of these frozen giants. Make sure to pack a dry change of clothes for the rest of the journey! The water can be quite cold, ranging from 32.7°F / 0.4°C (in the colder months) to 54.3°F / 12.4°C (in the warmer months).
Grab a Bite
After all of that sightseeing, you’ll work up quite the appetite! Once you’re back in town, grab dinner at a local favorite, Little Mermaid. This farm-to-table restaurant offers you tastes of the land and sea with local ingredients and fresh catches daily. We recommend making a reservation to secure your seat at the table. The menu is ever-changing, but restaurant-goers rave about the Daily Catch, the Stone Bowl, and the Fish Chowder!
Hit the Hay
What a day! Once you’ve finished your dinner, take the short walk home to your accommodations at the Driftwood Inn. Grab a hot tea, take a nice warm shower, and settle into your bed for the evening, knowing there’s so much more to see and explore tomorrow.
We hope that you’ve been inspired to experience an unforgettable day in Kachemak Bay State Park. Now all that’s left is to book your stay at the Driftwood Inn. Friendly service, cozy accommodations, and a centralized location make the Driftwood Inn the ideal accommodation destination in Homer, AK. One of our four distinct lodging options will have you ready to relax and unwind in no time!