Skagway Centennial Park. Located at 1st and Broadway, this park features the city’s Centennial Statue of a Tlingit packer leading a prospector up the trail in 1897, Rotary Snowplow #1, a time capsule, monuments, orientation signs, covered waiting area, water fountain, benches, and native plants.
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Skagway Historic District. Visitor Center at 2nd and Broadway (see page 12).
Pullen Creek Park & Streamwalk. Park between the small boat harbor and the railroad depot is a nice area for picnicking and fishing. King salmon run begins in late May, followed by pinks in August and silvers in September. A new streamwalk follows the creek. At one time the school managed a hatchery on the creek, and it was even named Alaska Vocational Education Program of the Year in 1989. In recent years, salmon brood stock have been released at the pond and harvested by Juneau’s DIPAC hatchery.
Footbridge to Yakutania Point & Smuggler’s Cove. Skagway’s beloved footbridge is located south of the airport terminal (see map). The bridge takes you over the Skagway River to this beautiful area of waterfront trails, exercise course, picnic spots and our cherished Pet Cemetery.
Mollie Walsh Park. Located at the east end of 6th Avenue, this small play park is a great area for “letting the kids loose” while you browse. It was named for a woman who befriended miners on the trail at Log Cabin. A bust was placed here by long lost lover Packer Jack Newman after Mollie left with another man and met an untimely death.
Gold Rush Cemetery & Reid Falls. Located about 1.5 miles from the Historic District. Head north on State Street until you see the sign just before the bridge. Follow signs a half mile past the railroad shops to the graveyard. A cemetery guidebook can be purchased in town which tells the history of the cemetery and some of the characters buried therein, including desperado Soapy Smith and town hero Frank Reid. The falls, named for Reid, are a short walk up the hill.
Seventh Pasture Park. Located just across the Skagway River highway bridge and also reached by the Pat Moore memorial footbridge, this large park features two softball fields, a soccer field, a disc golf course, bike-cross area, picnic grounds, and the new Dedman Stage that opened in 2015. Watch for signs about music acts at this outdoor facility this summer.
Skagway Overlook. This turnoff and platform, located at Mile 2 on Dyea Road, affords a wonderful view of the downtown area, waterfront and peaks above Skagway (see geography section). It was originally built by the U.S. Army during World War Two.
Dyea Unit – Klondike NHP. The Dyea valley is accessed by an 8-mile mostly gravel road from Skagway. Turnoff is at Mile 2.1 on the highway. Narrow Dyea road is not recommended for long or wide vehicles. It passes a turnoff to Yakutania Point (Mile 3) and swings around Nahku or Long Bay (Mile 5), home of the remains of the bark “Canada” (seen at very low tides), and then winds around the point to the old townsite. Dyea was as large as Skagway during the gold rush, but all that’s left now are a cemetery and the scattered remains of a wharf and buildings in the old townsite (see Dyea article and photos on page 19/22).
Favorite stops are the Chilkoot Trailhead, Dyea Flats and Slide Cemetery, where 40 graves bear the date of the Palm Sunday avalanche on the Chilkoot Trail in 1898. Free guided “Dyea Townsite Walking Tours” by park rangers begin at 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June-August. Pick up a map at the Dyea Ranger Station and meet at the first parking area (old townsite) on the road to the flats (first left after the steel bridge).
If you continue on the road out to the Dyea Flats, stay on marked roadways. There is a new information kiosk about the flats environment with photos of what the area looked like during the gold rush. The Municipality of Skagway controls most of the flats from the trees to tidewater. There is a small campground in the trees with a self-registration kiosk. Stay in numbered sites.