Barbara Falls (also known as South Fork Falls) is the easy waterfall hike that you’re looking for. This hidden gem is tucked away in Eagle River, Alaska. It’s one of the best hikes in Eagle River.
This easy trail has an upper and lower viewpoint that makes for a great adventure with the kiddos or pups. If you hike Barbara Falls in the winter, you can expect a frozen waterfall.
In this post, I’m going to share how to hike Barbara Falls in Eagle River, Alaska. You can also watch my YouTube video below to get a better idea of what to expect.
Hike Barbara Falls (South Fork Falls) in Eagle River
How to get to Barbara Falls (South Fork Falls):
- From Anchorage, head North on the Glenn Highway
- Exit the highway at E Eagle River Loop Rd.
- Take the first right at Hiland Rd.
- Turn left at River View Dr.
- Turn left at Waterfall Dr.
- Turn right on River Park Dr.
- Turn left on Ken Logan Cir.
Please be respectful of the private property and do not park in front of the NO PARKING signs. There is space to park up the road. The trail starts behind the metal gate.
Barbara Falls Upper Viewpoint
Barbara Falls Trail starts just behind the metal gate at the end with signs that read “Do Not Block Gate” and “Private Property.” The owner has allowed people to pass through to visit the waterfall. Please be respectful of the property.
Once you pass through the gate, you’ll follow the trail and cross over a wooden bridge. Continue straight until you see a sign that says Barbara Falls with an arrow pointing right.
Follow the trail to the right and you will come to the upper viewpoint. The upper view is great, but it definitely doesn’t compare to the lower viewpoint of Barabra Falls waterfall.
You may notice a trail to the left of the upper viewpoint that appears to lead down to the lower viewpoint. This trail is very steep and is not the way to get down to the lower viewpoint.
Barbara Falls Lower Viewpoint
The trail to the lower viewpoint at Barbara Falls comes unexpectedly. Before passing the first wooden bridge over the creek, you’ll find a trail just off to the right. The trail continues to follow the creek.
You’ll use a hand rope to cross a small section before walking through some trees. Continue on this trail and you’ll make it to the lower viewpoint in no time. If the creek is frozen, you can cross over to the left side.
Briggs Bridge to Barbara Falls
If you want to go on a longer hike to reach Barbara Falls you can start from the Lower Eagle River Trail which starts just south of Briggs Bridge on Eagle River Loop Road.
The River Woods Trail is about six miles to the falls and since you have to cross the river it’s much better to use this trail during the winter months when everything is frozen. It’s also a great trail to ski and fat tire bike.
Read more: 5 Ultimate Hikes in Eagle River
Barbara Falls: Summer vs Winter
You can visit Barbara Falls (South Fork Falls) year-round. It looks just as beautiful in the summer as it does during the winter in Alaska. Take a look at the photos below for a comparison.
Hiking Barbara Falls YouTube Video
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