Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park
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Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park Wrangell Reviews
Getting Stoned in Wrangell Jun 28, 2012
A treasure trove of petroglyphs (rock carvings), this small section of beach roughly a mile from the terminal ferry in Wrangell is a nicely arranged affair. As you head out of town, the park will be on your left (turn at the prospector sign). More a driveway than anything else, the path quickly leads to a well-constructed wooden deck with steps leading down to the beach. On the deck you will find several informative displays, and even a few replicas of the petroglyphs below in case you’d like to make an etching.
Down on the beach, it is fun scampering among rocks and seaweeds to scout for petroglyphs, which are not marked. I think our group discovered fourteen petroglyphs, which Larissa and Emily acknowledged was the most anyone had ever come up with, so perhaps we found them all? The full inventory is not indicated anywhere, so we’ll have to be content with what we stumbled across.
It is a charming spot, lined with houses and an old shipwreck, but there is a peril. Larissa had forewarned us about the black lab patrolling the beach, instructing us to NOT throw a stick for him under any circumstances. When we arrived, sure enough, the lab came up to us and dropped a stick at our feet, barking eagerly. If you ignore him he goes away, but throw the stick just once and it will be retrieved with expectation of additional tosses. He will bark incessantly the entire time you are there, so don’t get him started.
Of course my playful wife couldn’t resist instigating a round of fetch as we were leaving, and it strongly validated Larissa’s warning! DO NOT THROW THE STICK...
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