Fairbanks, AK

University of Alaska, Fairbanks: Trails and Campus

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The public University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) campus is not only a place of learning! Locals flock here for the extensive trail network that provides plentiful opportunities for cross-country skiing, biking, and of course, running. There are nearly 10 miles of trails around campus, so runners of any ability can build a route to suit their needs. The short walking loop between Geist Road and Thompson Drive is popular for laps, while Smith Lake, Ballaine Lake, and the Arboretum all make great destinations for longer runs. In winter, the Sheep Creek, Pooch Loop, and T-Field Road trails are maintained for commuter use. See the summer and winter trail maps.

Those who prefer road running can tackle the popular ~10 km race course around the University: start on W. Tanana Drive, continue on Sheep Creek Road, turn RIGHT onto Miller Hill Road, RIGHT onto Yankovitch Road, RIGHT onto Farmers Loop Road, and RIGHT onto Alumni Drive. 

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