Explore an Old Gold Mine
In September of 1906, the fist gold claim was staked in what is now Independence Mine State Historical Park. Today, you can try gold panning, hike around old preserve buildings, and get a feel for what life was like for the gold miners. Take some time to hike around the area, up to Gold Cord Lake, or the April Bowl Trail just down the road. In the winter trails are groomed for cross country and skate skiers, with trails available for snowmachining, as well. Learn more on the Alaska DNR - Independence Mine State Historical Park website.