This summer has been one with lots of cancelled plans when it comes to a family trip. However, we did have a quick, overnight get away for the 4th of July weekend. While we could have just found a gravel pit and dry camped for free, we elected to spend at night at the Tolsona Wilderness Campground just a bit shy of Glennallen.
Unlike some RV parks we’ve visited, this one is set back 3/4 of a mile from the main road. While the Glenn Highway is NOT a super heavily trafficked road, there is something nice about being in the woods where it is quieter compared to along a road ~ especially when you are paying for your spot. Thankfully, there is a tall sign on the main road so you know where to turn.
Unlike a dry camping experience in a gravel pit, we were able to access the internet via the wi fi and could send the boys to the campground bathrooms.
If the mosquitoes had been a little lighter, then I might have even spent time on the lovely swings for two.
— Laura O’Neill (@LauraOinAK) July 30, 2014
Pretty much every camp site is set alongside the Tolsona Creek. For those that want to try their hand at fishing, it can’t get more convenient than just stepping outside of your RV and walking a few steps.
The rushing water was also quite soothing for sleeping as it kept noise from neighboring campsites a bit more muted than other places we’ve stayed.
Beyond the fishing and hiking opportunities, the Tolsona Wilderness Campground has 2 ‘attractions’ for guests.
Inside the main building, you can view a collection of antique items (with prices on them in case you are in the mood to buy one) that can be appealing to the history buff. Some of the items are also outside. We walked through the exhibit the day we arrived, but I didn’t have a camera on me to snap pictures. You can see some of the collection of 1920’s sawmill and logging camp artifacts on their website.
The other attraction is a primitive trail which heads back to an active mud spring (called a mud volcano by some.) Always up for an adventure, we headed on the trail after breakfast.
Sadly, we never found the active mud spring. With what seemed like a million mosquitoes biting and boys walking at different paces, we ended up split into two groups. By the time we ‘found’ each other, the boys were done looking for this natural wonder. The teens are certain that they were in the vicinity of it, but the super damp ground from days of rain might have obscured it.
While our visit was short due to illness, we enjoyed the time spent there. And, we are already thinking about how to better find the mud spring without being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
What adventures have you been on this summer?
Does your family go camping (either in a tent or RV)?