Some of the Sterling Highway has been designated a Scenic Byway for very good reasons. There is nothing quite like it anywhere in the world. Don’t miss the old Russian church at Ninilchik. View forests, rivers, ocean, snow-capped mountains, massive volcanoes, moose and log cabins as you drive down the Kenai Peninsula. At the top of the hill above Homer, Baycrest Overlook provides a panoramic view of Kachemak Bay, glaciers and the Homer Spit.
NORTH FORK LOOP
Drive the 14-mile North Fork Loop Road out of Anchor Point, curving through the hills back toward Homer. It is paved into the village of Nikolaevsk where it changes into a well-maintained gravel road. It provides exceptional views of the peninsula and surrounding countryside.
At the top of East Hill Road is Skyline Drive. Turn to the east (right) on Skyline and you’ll find the Carl E. Wynn Nature Center, which offers guided walks with a naturalist familiar with the area. Watch for sandhill cranes as well as moose and occasional porcupine. Turn to the west (left) on Skyline and you’ll soon find a scenic view pullout, where you can photograph all of Homer, Kachemak Bay State Park and the Kenai Mountains. Continue west across the ridge for panoramic views of downtown Homer, the Spit and the Bay. At Diamond Ridge, turn right for an eagle’s eye view of Cook Inlet and its volcanoes, or head down West Hill Road to Homer.
EAST END ROAD
This drive takes you through neighborhoods, communities, farms, meadows, and forests. It offers stunning views of Kachemak Bay glaciers and mountains. Watch for wildlife, as sandhill cranes and moose feast in the fields along the road. Keep the camera handy!
The road ends on the beach at the head of Kachemak Bay in the Russian village of Kachemak Selo, but don’t drive down the last stretch because it is very steep and not maintained.