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.



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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.

Recent Announcements

  • Gateway Visitor Center Land Purchase Celebration June 6, 2014 Celebrate with Mat-Su Convention and Visitor Bureau! Friday, June 6 from 3-5 p.m. Mile 36 Glenn Hwy (Former Homstead RV site) Mat-Su CVB is hosting the ...
    Posted May 22, 2014, 2:13 AM by Dot Helm
  • MGT News March 5, 2014 1. Next meeting April 1, 5:30pm, Matanuska Experiment Farm. We will continue our discussion of dealing with multiple kinds of races across property boundaries in a somewhat standard way ...
    Posted Mar 5, 2014, 5:32 PM by Dot Helm
  • MGT News Feb 14, 2014 A couple reminders and new announcements that I didn't want to let slide to end of month. Note that sometimes I may only post something to our FB page ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2014, 1:43 AM by Dot Helm
  • Wildlife Wednesdays Free Science Lecture Series Sponsored by Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Alaskans for Palmer Hay FlatsLAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH   (flyer)FEBRUARY - MAY 7:00­8:00pmMat-Su College: 8295 ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2014, 11:41 PM by Dot Helm
  • MGT News Jan 31, 2014 Hi all, Glad to see the temperatures are returning a little bit more toward normal, even if snow is a bit on the short side. A few quick announcements.1 ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2014, 5:57 PM by Dot Helm
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Recent Meeting Summaries

  • MGT Nov 13, 2013, Meeting Summary Thanks to everyone who came Wed night. We had a good turnout of 16 people, including the administrators from all the active managers. Some of this summary will be from ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2013, 1:43 AM by Dot Helm
  • MGT Mar 20, 2013, Meeting Summary We had some new faces at our last meeting and discussed a number of items. Because some things are still in flux, consider the modifiers "tentatively", "probably", etc, even if ...
    Posted Mar 26, 2013, 9:31 PM by Dot Helm
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