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Petroglyph Beach State Historic Site

Bar β€’ Tourist attraction β€’ State park β€’ Public beach

One of the Best Places To Visits in Wrangell


Grave St, Wrangell, AK 99929



(800) 367-9745

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4.60 (133 reviews)

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  • 4/5 Hal M. 4 years ago on Google
    Cool place to visit in Wrangell. Short hike from town. Not a lot of petroglyphs but the the rocky beach is great for photos. A black labrador retriever was on the beach and insisted I play with him. Through a stick I. The water numerous times for him.
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  • 5/5 Collin K. 3 years ago on Google
    Very pretty especially on a sunny day. Not every beach comes with an little tour on some history of the location this beach does. Nice ramp down to the beach. Not a ton of parking.
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  • 5/5 Michelle H. 9 months ago on Google
    Interesting area with extremely old petroglyphs. The tour guides from SeaAlaska were amazing. Lots of great photo ops on the beach! Close to docks.
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  • 5/5 Tamara D. 1 year ago on Google
    A bit hard to see but very interesting.
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  • 4/5 Sara B. 1 year ago on Google
    Easy walk from downtown, there is a hill but my exhausted 5yr old made it. The petroglyphs are just laying all over, but you’ll see the most if you stay close to the boardwalk. Several of them were only visible once you walked around the rock
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  • 5/5 Tomislav P. 1 year ago on Google
    Wow, what a cool place to visit while in Wrangell, Alaska. Absolutely amazing beach as it's full of surprises, kind of hidden petroglyphs seen all over the beach (tip: best seen when raining or bring a bottle of water with you in order to pour over the rocks for better view), recommended to hire a local guide in order to gain first hand knowledge of this incredible art work from the local natives, truly a unique experience.
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  • 5/5 Marty C. 1 year ago on Google
    There is no guidance for where they are. Go right off the info deck about 100 feet and watch larger or flat rock faces. They are spread out over several yards and from sand into water at medium tide. Some get covered sometimes by sand and pebbles from waves. VERY cool feeling to see these. I walked 20 min. from ferry to there. I found them and got these pics in 20 min before heading back. Try to take longer and go at low tide.
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  • 4/5 Kevin M. 3 years ago on Google
    Very interesting fact and well built worth a short walk there
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  • 5/5 Daniel H. 6 years ago on Google
    Absolutely stop and explore as part of a visit to Wrangell. Mysterious, wondrous petroglyphs. Walk around the beach and after you see the first, they seem to pop out from all over.
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  • 5/5 Constance M. 3 years ago on Google
    Petroglyph Beach is a lovely, peaceful, and historic spot. It's fun to look for the petroglyphs and healing to enjoy the surroundings. Happy hunting!
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  • 5/5 Ak Good W. 5 years ago on Google
    Wrangell is such an awesome place! If you have the opportunity to visit you wont be dissapointed!

  • 5/5 Wade B. 1 year ago on Google
    So fun to explore, not a far walk from the cruise ship dock. The first petroglyph is at the bottom of the walk way steps on the right. A bulk of them are to the right of the of the walk way (as you're looking at the beach). The famous killer whale, is amazing and impressive. It is on the cut/mowed grass in front of the first house on the right. Behind the long sea grass. Photo attached. So interesting to actually find and see 'letters' or stories from the past of up to 8,000 years ago. Go explore.

  • 5/5 jim w. 4 years ago on Google
    What a unique place. Petroglyphs carved into rocks strewn along the beach. Nobody knows the age or history of the petroglyphs. Naturalist on our ship said they could hundreds or thousands of years old. Even though there appears to be no enforcement, there is no graffiti and the area is free of trash. Walking distance from cruise terminal. Very friendly neighborhood dog loves to fetch.

  • 5/5 Dr P. 1 year ago on Google
    This park is a short walk from the Wrangell Ferry or Cruise Line. Most everything in Wrangell is a short walk away when downtown. It may be more challenging to get to if you are handicapable though because there is a hill and no sidewalks for some of it. Wrangell has taxi services and of course, tour groups that can take you there. The site itself has a deck overlooking a beach. The deck is handicapable accessible, and has displays explaining the petroglyph. There is a wonderful view of the islands and if the tides are just right, a reef. Maybe a seal or otter will make an appearance. You can see river rats, too!!! Accessing the beach from the deck will take using stairs. The beach is wild so be cautious about slipping on wet rocks and loose logs. You may not want to step on every rock though because finding the etchings on a rock is like a treasure hunt! Some are still very vivid while others are fading. Part of the reason for fade is because of rubbings, so to keep them for thousands of more years, please just take photos. This beach is also famous for beachcombing so keep your eyes out for interesting items; especially as you walk north toward where the old city dump used to be located. Respect people's private property and lives too. If a stray dog runs up to you, that's normal here; don't panic and have a good time treasure hunting!!!

  • 5/5 Captain A. 10 months ago on Google
    Spent some time looking for petroglyphs and found quite a few of them. The park is best visited at low tide so you can see more of the cravings. There is room for about 4 vehicles in the parking lot before it gets over crowded.

  • 4/5 Jen C. 9 months ago on Google
    Beach walk accessible via a neighborhood street. We went with tour guides that pointed out the petroglyphs as they can be easy to miss on the beach. Gorgeous views overall!

  • 5/5 Tommie C. 2 years ago on Google
    Very interesting with lots of petroglyphs hidden along the beach. We had guides that pointed out a few for us. There was lots of information and you could even make rubbings from some duplicates. The beach was also littered with sea glass.

  • 5/5 Rachel H. 11 months ago on Google
    Tons of neat petroglyphs to see if you take the time to look around. Definitely come during low tide! There’s more to see and you don’t have to worry about getting wet.

  • 5/5 Carolyn S. 10 months ago on Google
    Accessible, interesting site with many petroglyph and some fossils - glad we went@

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