Matanuska River Park Trails
This small network of trails outside downtown Palmer offers low-impact hiking and biking opportunities, as well as scenic views of the Matanuska River and nearby Chugach Mountain Range. Some sections of this trail system are handicap-accessible.
The park itself sits along an old river bench bottom, with ponds and streams that provide habitat for small animals and water fowl. Moose have also been known to frequent the area. Travelers should keep a safe distance when observing wildlife.
This trail system meanders through gentle terrain, with multiple access points to the Matanuska River. Once at the river bed, enjoy a more extended adventure by traversing the gravel bars.
Dogs must be leashed. This is a non-motorized, year-round trail.
Features: Running, hiking, biking
Winter: Cross-country skiing
Matanuska River Park Trails 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 River Park trail system is not groomed in winter due to its narrow width; however, the trails provide fantastic winter walking and snowshoeing.
Want to explore with an experienced guide? Check out Revel Treks & Tours to plan your adventure.
Palmer is approximately 45 minutes from Anchorage. From downtown Palmer, travel east on the Old Glenn Highway for approximately one mile. Parking is available at the Matanuska River Park Campground and at the Matanuska River Bridge.