Biking & Hiking

Visitors can easily spend a day exploring the Gustavus Forelands Preserve, the beach, the dock and the back roads of Gustavus. Imagine walking the beach at tide line for many miles, crossing low-tide rivers and following the curve of Icy Strait. Gustavus also has trails that lead to river banks, upstream fishing holes, Lake Gustavus and the wild beach at the end of the runway at the airport. 

The Nagoonberry Loop Trail is a local favorite. An easy 2.2 mile loop trail through forests and meadows. Watch for wildlife and enjoy the views.

Whether you hike or ride a bike, you will see many shore birds at the Gustavus Dock, the beach, the small boat harbor and the Salmon River, which runs through town near the City Park. Also, amateur and professional photographers alike can’t resist shooting memorable photos with wildflowers in the foreground and mountains just beyond.

Many local accommodations provide bikes. The flat and open terrain and asphalt surface make for pleasant biking. The longest trip, to Bartlett Cove, is under an hour, and other areas around town are just around the corner! Ask your wonderful hosts if they have bikes for you to use.