Juneau, the Inside Passage, and Southeast Alaska Sights

Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park

  • Native American Site

Fodor's Review

Scattered among other rocks at this public beach are three-dozen-or-more large stones bearing designs and pictures chiseled by unknown ancient artists. No one knows why the rocks at this curious site were etched the way they were, or even exactly how old the etchings are. You can access the beach via a boardwalk, where you'll find signs describing the site, along with carved replicas of the petroglyphs. Most of the petroglyphs are to the right between the viewing deck and a large outcropping of rock in the tidal beach area. Because the original petroglyphs can be damaged by physical contact, only photographs are permitted. But you are welcome to use the replicas to make a rubbing from rice paper and charcoal or crayons (available in local stores).

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½ mile north of ferry terminal, off Evergreen Ave., Wrangell, Alaska, 99929, USA


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