Matanuska-Susitna Borough is responsible for the Crevasse-Moraine area at the north end of the system. This area may change as the landfill migrates to the east. Most of the trails are wide groomable ski trails, but Mooseberry Mesa in the southwest corner of that area is sweet single track designed for mountain bikers and foot traffic and built by volunteers of Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers (VMBaH). Horses are not allowed on this trail for safety reasons and because the soils cannot support them. MSB also manages the Greenbelt Central area (about middle of the map) which is for recreation. It has limited trails now and is a potential for more sustainable trails in the future.
Trail Maps may have different information than our map
University of Alaska Anchorage Matanuska-Susitna College
(UAA MSC) has trails with an Arboretum and beautiful overlooks near their main campus as well as lands along the Long Lake Connector trail – the main north-south
corridor in the Matanuska Greenbelt. Horses
are not allowed on campus trails.
University of Alaska Fairbanks Matanuska Experiment Farm (UAF Farm) was established in 1917 to research food production in the young territory. That research (preceded by settler’s knowledge of food production) combined with the Alaska Railroad’s desire to increase settlement in Alaska eventually facilitated the Matanuska Colony experiment, not to mention supporting mining in the area. Originally established as a federal facility, the UAF Farm operates as part of the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station of UAF and actively carries on research on food production and forestry. There may be authorized farm vehicles in the area and occasionally pesticide applications.
Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area (MLSRA) (formerly Kepler-Bradley State Recreation Area) under
the jurisdiction of State Parks was established in the mid 1980s for the
quality fishing in the lakes. It has become equally popular area
with a diversity of groups including hikers, bird watchers, mountain bikers,
runners, and equestrians. More detailed information on fishing is in ADF&G's site on fishing: KBLSRA fishing .
Kepler Park (private)
provides another trailhead for non-motorized access into the Matanuska
Greenbelt. Check local signage for parking and access.
Please respect all the properties in the area as well as other users.