There's no better way to come to know a place on the planet than to explore it by foot. On Kodiak Island most trails wind through dense forests of Sitka spruce and each bend in the path brings a surprise! Bright wildflowers may greet you around one corner; the next turn will give you spectacular views of the rugged Kodiak coastline. Birding opportunities abound on all the trails in and around Kodiak, so be sure you take along your bird book and wildflower identification book. (Available at visitor center.)
Hikers will find a network of trails around town and on the Kodiak road system worthy of exploration. Most trails are ranked moderately difficult, but easy, rolling trails are nearby as well. Fort Abercrombie State Historic Park and North End Park on Near Island are favorites for easy walks. The local Audubon Society offers guided hikes most Saturdays from May through October. A schedule of their hikes is available at the Visitor Information Center.
You can really get a good feel for the town by strolling or biking along the paved pathway that follows Rezanof Road. This popular walk about four miles one way is frequented by locals to jog, walk dogs, cycle or simply enjoy the sunshine!
There are many more unimproved, unmaintained trails along the road system that are suitable for hikers of all skill levels. Steep mountain trails with big elevation gains will satisfy the experienced, hardy trekker and easy, short walks along the beach will please the beachcomber. These trails and more are featured in the Kodiak Hiking and Birding Guide, which is available for purchase on line and at the Visitor Information Center in downtown Kodiak.
To check out our interactive hiking map: