The Matanuska Greenbelt encompasses some outstanding glacial landforms on lands squeezed between the Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Glenn Highway, Parks Highway, and Trunk road on lands owned by Matanuska-Susitna Borough (Crevasse-Moraine Trails = MSB CMT), UAA Matanuska-Susitna College, UAF Matanuska Experiment Farm, and State of Alaska (Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area = MLSRA). The area is known for its challenging trails as well as agriculture and history. This website will initially focus on the trails in the area, but expects to add content over time.
To enhance trail users’ knowledge of
the area and encourage safe, responsible use in the area, the Matanuska
Greenbelt Trail Association (land managers, volunteers, and trail users)
started working on a map and signage program for the area. An initial map was
released in mid-2009 and several updates since then. Most of the 30+mi of trail
have now (2010) been signed with a few more to be added in 2011. This was
largely with financial support largely from donors and Mat-Su Borough Bed Tax.
Thank you. Work is now starting on trailhead signs and other signs in the area. These were funded by a grant from Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation in 2011.
The complete area is non-motorized although there may be authorized vehicles (tractors) working the farm lands. Individual properties may have rules specific to them and not other areas of the Greenbelt. Please respect the desires of individual landowners for the privilege of using these lands so that we may continue using these trails.
Check back as we update the website with more information about the trails, events (celebrations, races, education, work days), and meetings. If you can’t make meetings, we post summaries on the website. Most recent announcements and meeting summaries are at bottom of this page.
We'd like to thank Mat-Su Borough for the initial Bed Tax Grant and the Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation for another grant as well as all our Buy A Post donors for their financial support to complete our sign program over the past 4 years. Field crews and other staff from the four land managers helped build and/or install the trailhead structures and sign posts. Without this help and that of volunteers, the mapping and sign program would not have been the success it has been. Thank you.