Tok is Alaska's official welcoming committee as the first community across the Canadian border for Alaska Highway travelers. Highways lead north, south, east and west from this friendly hub community. It offers access to all the interior of Alaska, the Gold Fields, back country, scenic rivers, and public lands. Our residents number 1415 and our elevation is 1635'. Tok is the trade center for the Athabascan Native villages of Northway, Tetlin, Tanacross, Mentasta, Eagle and Dot Lake. Local Native arts and crafts may be found in many of our gift shops.

Tok originated as an Alaska Road Commission camp for the construction of the Alcan and Glenn Highways in the 1940's during World War II. There are many tall tales about how Tok got it's name but you can discover what really happened if you stop by the Mainstreet Visitor's Center located at the intersection of the Alaska Highway and the Tok Cut Off. You will be surprised. In 1946, Tok Junction was designated a Presidential Townsite, the same year the Alcan opened to civilians and the little community gained a roadhouse.

In 1954, the Tok Dog Mushers was founded, and the U.S. Army began construction of the Haines-Fairbanks fuel pipeline, with a pump station located here. It closed down in 1979. In the fall of 1976 the U.S. Coast Guard built the Long Range Aid to Navigation station (LORAN). Four 700' towers, 6 miles east of the junction, transmit radio navigation signals for air and marine traffic in the Gulf of Alaska. U.S. Customs moved from Tok to its present location on the border in 1971.

Welcome to the Last Frontier

We like to think of Alaska as the last frontier and Tok is certainly the gateway to this last frontier. Go ahead and play the video above to get you in the mood for exploring our wild and wonderful attractions. The residents of Tok and the surrounding area are expecting you. Welcome to the last frontier.

Need more reasons to visit?

Our community is also a winter playground for snow machiners, cross country skiing, hunting, and trapping. Everywhere in Alaska boasts of great Northern Lights displays... but honestly, ours are some of the most breath-taking Northern Lights you will ever see. Don't come to Alsaka without seeing the coldest inhabited community in North America with the warmest, friendliest people in the interior.

Travel Tips

  • MOST businesses in Tok are open year-round.
  • Reservations from May-Sept. are recommended.
  • TOK'S summer temperatures average 60-70`F. Bring a light jacket and good walking shoes.
  • TOK'S winter temperatures average -30-70`F.
  • ALL major roads are maintained year-round.
  • TAYLOR/TOP OF THE WORLD HWYS. are good gravel roads, travelled at moderate speed. Please allow extra time on all roads due to added seasonal traffic and construction.
  • MANY Alaskan attractions do not begin operations until mid-to late May because of weather restrictions.
  • GAS prices in Tok in 2000 averaged $1.76 per gallon of regular unleaded. Lower in cities. GROCERY prices vary around the state.
  • HOMESTEADING & FREE LAND are a thing of the past.
  • U.S. CURRENCY, traveler checks and credit cards are accepted at most Alaskan businesses.
  • TOK has no car rental agencies.
  • LIMITED bus service to Fairbanks, Anchorage, Whitehorse and Haines.
  • SEAT BELTS are to be worn by state law, and while headlights on during daylight is not a requirement, it is good safety practice.
  • NORTHERN LIGHTS are visible August through May.

Activities in Our Area

Drive around Tok and you'll see wild and domestic flower gardens, big vegetables, log homes with sod and wild flower roofs, old fish wheels, historic mining equipment, lots of airplanes, log caches.

  • Nature trails and paved bike paths.
  • Visit Mainstreet Visitors Center with statewide trip planning, lots of information and Alaska video viewing.
  • Pan for gold.
  • Bird watching.
  • Tetlin Wildlife Refuge Headquarters and Alaska Public Lands Information Center.
  • Visit mini-museums on Alaska pioneer life, gold mining and Alaska wildlife.
  • Play some Bush golf.
  • Flightseeing - Wrangell Mts
  • Mukluk Land: Alaska visitor park for all ages.
  • Relax for the day, prepare for your great Alaskan experience, or rest up for the trip home.
  • Fish in our nearby streams and lakes.
  • Check out the wolves!
  • Boat rides on the scenic Tanana River.
  • Foraging for wild edibles.
  • Horse riding.
  • Take a day trip up the Taylor Highway (Scenic Byway) to historic Chicken. Talk to real miners. Dredge tours are available.
  • Enjoy a great 4th of July with us. Parade, flag ceremony, picnic, craft fair, games. Volleyball, 3-legged race, greased pole, outhouse race, baking and photo contests, live music and tug of war.

Community Information


  • Assembly of God Church (907) 883-2171
  • Chapel of the North (907) 883-5801
  • Faith Chapel (907) 883-4771
  • Catholic Church (907) 883-4111
  • Seventh-Day Adventist (907) 883-3341
  • Carpenter's Workshop (907) 883-7839

  • Lions Club
  • PTSA
  • Home Makers Club
  • Boy & Girl Scouts
  • Tok Dog Mushers
  • Snowmobile Club
  • Shooters Club
  • Drama Club
  • Search & Rescue
  • E.M.S. Teams
  • Cemetery
  • Alcoholic's Anonymous
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    Area Highlights


    The Tok River is as beautiful from the air as from the highways and byways. From the Wrangle Mts to the Tanana River and beyond are sights you will want to see from our local flight tours.

    Chicken Creek

    Gold Panning in Chicken

    A fun destination from Tok is Chicken which offers free gold panning at Chicken Creek. It's a richly historical town of 25 people. Make sure to visit the Post Office there; its a living museum. And never forget the Chickenstock Music Festival in June..

    Mukluk Land

    Alaska visitor park for all ages. Mini golf, museum, and much more. Open June, July and August. The kids will love it and you will too. Just 3 miles out of Tok you will find lots of history, games, and outdoor displays. Don't leave Tok without seeing Mukluk Land.

    Hiking in Alaska

    Hiking Trails

    Eagle Trail State Recreational Area is 16 miles south of Tok at mile 109.5 of the Tok Cut-Off Highway. Visitors to this 280-acre site can enjoy a walk on the one mile nature trail or the 2.5-mile hiking trail with an overview of the Tok River Valley. Eagle Trail SRS offers most highway travelers their first opportunity to explore the Alaska Range. An eight-hour hike up the bordering creek brings backpackers within close viewing distance of Dall sheep in the Tok Trophy Sheep Management Area. (907)883-3686

    Fourth of July Celebration

    Tok's Chamber sponsors our 4th of July festivities every year with food, booths, contests, displays, and a huge parade down the Alaskan Highway--this year for the Highway's 75th year, the chamber is going all out!

    Guided tours in Tok, Alaska

    Please join us for local Ranger Presentations

    Every few weeks throughout the summer season, the BLM sponsors presentations or guided tours relating to Alaska's Gateway Community. Ranger Nick provides insight on wildlife interactions, various highlights of geographic locations in Alaska, and local adventures you can embark on. The scheduale will be posted here so check back for dates and times. You can also call and ask Ranger Nick about upcoming events. 907 883-5775

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    • Location

      Click for Map We are located at the Tok cut-off intersection on the Alaska Highway. We are 90 miles from the Canadian border. If you stay on the Highway headed north, you go to Fairbanks (200 miles) and if you turn left, you are headed for Anchorage (365 miles).