With camping, picnic pavilions, hiking trails and a playground, this is a good spot for a lunch or some play time with the kids, before or after driving the the Old Glenn Highway.
How to get There
Access to the Matanuska River Park Trail System is from the Old Glenn Highway in Palmer. From downtown Palmer travel east on the Old Glenn Highway. About a mile out of town turn left to the entrance of the park.
Matanuska River Park has approximately 1.6 miles (2.5 kilometers) of trails which form a loop from the parking areas to the river and then back. The trails connect the campground, day use area and athletic fields to the riverside. Most of the trail network traverses gentle terrain through an old growth forest of cottonwood, birch and spruce. The park itself sits along an old river bottom bench with small ponds and streams that provide habitat for many small animals and water birds. The trails also provide access to the river, where one can wander along the gravel bars and enjoy the views of the Matanuska River valley and the Chugach Mountain range to the east.
The Matanuska River Park Trail System is maintained by the MSB Parks and Outdoor Recreation Division for year round nonmotorized use, hiking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. When snow cover is sufficient, the park roads are groomed for skate and track skiing. The restroom in the lower campground loop is open for winter use. The actual trail system is not groomed in winter due to its narrow width and low hanging branches, so the trails provides a perfect place to snowshoe.
*Take note Dogs must be on leash and under your control at all times.