Chena River State Recreation Area on Chena Hot Springs Road (30 minutes east of Fairbanks). The 250,000-acre recreation area has camping, picnicking, canoeing, rafting, fishing for grayling, wildlife viewing and sunbathing by the Chena River. There are three well-developed hiking trails. Two main campgrounds are at 27 & 39 mile Chena Hot Springs Road; toilets, water, picnic tables.
There is also a picnic site (day-use only) at mile 42.8 Chena River State Recreation Site, on University Avenue in Fairbanks, is a 29 acre park and a campground bordering the Chena River. There are 58 campsites, water, restrooms, and dump station. Other facilities include a boat launch, picnic sites along the river, a playfield with a volleyball court and a riverside walking trail. 5-day camping limit.