Taylor Highway

Taylor Highway, an iconic drive in Alaska

Taylor Highway is a very scenic drive located in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is a route through gold mining history.

How long is the Taylor Highway?

The road is 249km (155 miles) long, running south-north from Tetlin Junction (a small community in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area) on AK-2 road, to Eagle, a city on the south bank of the Yukon River (near the Canada–US border). The Taylor Highway is a route through gold mining history. It was constructed from June 1946 to October 1953.

Is the Taylor Highway open?

The road, also known as Alaska Route 5, is closed to automobile traffic from October through April. Not all rental vehicles are allowed on this road, so check with your rental agency before you travel. Use caution and travel slowly, especially on hairpin curves.

Is the Taylor Highway paved?

The road is a notorious tire killer. The first 60 miles (97 km) are paved. Beyond milepost 64 the Taylor Highway is unpaved. Some parts of the road are prone to washouts. Conditions range from good to poor depending upon maintenance and weather conditions. The road becomes narrow and winding, particularly north of Jack Wade Junction. Rough spots are not always flagged. Shoulders are generally narrow and may be soft and unstable. 

Is the Taylor Highway remote?

The drive is rather remote and tere is very little traffic. Keep in mind that there are very limited services or facilities available along the road. Travelers should fill their gas tanks and use dump stations before traveling the highway. The drive is mostly gravel with several steep, narrow grades and long distances between services.
Pic: Ea Duvall


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