Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Matanuska River Park Trails - Open

Matanuska River Park has approximately 1.6 miles of trails, which form a loop from the parking areas to the river. The trails connect the campground, day use area, and athletic fields to the riverside. Most of the trail network traverses gentle rolling terrain through a forest of cottonwood, birch and spruce. When snow cover is sufficient, the park roads are groomed for skate and track skiing. The restroom in the lower campground loop is open year round. The trail system is not groomed in winter due to its narrow width and low hanging branches, however it provides a place to snowshoe.

The Palmer Bike Park draws fun with its nearby pump track. Riders learn aerial and pumping skills and are fun to watch.

2/23/24 With the new snow and cooler temps the MSB grooming Crew was able touch up the River Park trails. An attempt was made to set classic tracks but it will take more snow and colder temps to get things back into good shape.
2/13/24 Due to unseasonably warm weather, the trails are too soft to groom. The MSB Grooming Crew will be back out there as soon as we can.
Last Update:  02/23/24


Winter Spring Summer Fall


Parking Area Public Toilet Facilities Trashcan at Trailhead


Hiking Jogging Mountain Biking Skiing Snow Shoeing Walking
Trail Length: 4 miles
Snow Depth: 7
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Surface: Dirt, gravel, and some rock causeways, 2'-4' wide
Status: Groomed
Community: Palmer