Situated a few miles outside of the remote town of Tok (pronounced tow-k), A Mooseberry Inn B&B is a great jumping-off point for exploring the Alaskan wilderness. Guests have easy access to miles of hiking trails in the foothills of the Alaska Range and rivers teeming with arctic grayling and northern pike. Innkeepers Maggie and Damon Brooks are happy to suggest nearby activities, too—the couple have lived in Tok for nearly 20 years.
Onsite dining: The innkeepers prepare a full breakfast each morning that may include stuffed french toast, potato pancakes, or black-forest waffles.
Nifty in-room amenity: All guest rooms have access to a spacious deck or balcony overlooking the surrounding wilderness.
Recommended hiking trail: About 16 miles south of Tok in Eagle State Recreation Site is the 2.5-mile Tok River Valley trail, which features extensive views of the valley below.
Off-the-beaten-path attraction: Fortymile Country is home to a herd of 50,000 caribou and some of Alaska’s most-lucrative gold mining spots.
Why visit now: Top of the World Highway, a scenic roadway through Forty Mile Country, is only open in the summer months.
Tok, Alaska: Adventures & Wildlife in Scenic Wilderness
Just a few miles north of the massive Alaska Range, whose snow-capped peaks span more than 400 miles of southern Alaska, lies the tiny town of Tok (pronounced tow-k). Tok is often referred to at the “Gateway to Alaska,” since it’s the first major community you reach after crossing the Yukon border. While small—fewer than 1,300 people live in Tok year round—the remote town is a popular spot for visitors seeking rugged, outdoor adventures. A short drive in any direction brings you into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. To the east lie thousands of miles of rivers and streams inhabited by beavers and otters; head west to enter the Alaska Range and its rolling foothills.
One of the best ways to explore the surrounding wilderness is on the Top of the World Highway, which CNN praises for having some of the Far North’s most-beautiful vistas. Open only in summer, the highway wends from Tok to Dawson City across a scenic stretch of hills and valleys. The roadway can be precarious at times, but the payoff is tremendous: the entire stretch is rife with caribou, grizzlies, and some of Alaska’s oldest geological formations.