Southeast Alaska Birding Trail Thorne Bay

Rio Beaver

Old-Growth Trees

A hiking trail leads visitors through Old Growth Sitka spruce forest. The spruce in the area are very large with many having a diameter of up to 6 feet.


From Thorne Bay travel approximately 7.7 miles west on NF-30/South Thorne Bay Road. The parking areas is on the north side of the road a couple hundred yards east of Mile 8.

Trail Information:

Beginning 1/4 mile west of parking area and traveling to the Thorne River, an easy walking trail leads visitors through old growth forests along the Rio Beaver, a tributary of the Thorne River. The trail runs parallel to the stream but in the adjacent forest.  If there has been a lot of wet weather the trail can be muddy in places.

Tongass National Forest.
Tongass National Forest. Photo: Dave Shaw

Birding Resources:

  • eBird Hotspot: None

Bird Species Checklist:

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