Brian Adams

Hillside & Surrounding Neighborhoods

There are great green spaces in every Anchorage neighborhood, but the parks in this part of town have a little something extra. Acreage, for one. Between Far North Bicentennial Park, the Bureau of Land Management’s Campbell Tract, and several popular Chugach State Park trailheads, Hillside and surrounding South Anchorage neighborhoods open the doors to thousands of acres of wooded wild spaces and trail-laced public lands. From Rabbit Creek to Bear Valley and beyond, this slice of Anchorage is filled with natural splendor and outdoor serenity.

Hunt for cranberries growing thick in hidden groves along neighborhood trails. Hop on a mountain bike and speed along singletrack trails at Hillside Park. Bring downhill or cross-country skis, then explore miles of groomed trails at Hilltop Park or the scenic slopes at Hilltop Ski Area.

Besides impressive parkland and miles of trails, Hillside and its adjacent neighborhoods are home to a selection of sporting facilities and other outdoor institutions. The stables and arenas at Ruth Arcand Park host everything from rodeos to equine-assisted therapy. Explore a behind-the-scenes tour at the nearby Alaska Zoo, or visit the neighborhood golf course for a round under the midnight sun. Between these greens and Glen Alps, the Hillside area has some of the best city views around. You’ll need a car to make the most of this side of town — with a little planning, you’ll find experiences as big as Chugach State Park itself.

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