Locations in Mat-Su

Palmer | Mat-Su

Surrounded by Alaska’s rich history and lore, Palmer is a quiet town, with a population of 6,000. It was originally settled by the Dena’ina and Ahtna Athabaskans who lived in the area for thousands of years. They practiced a subsistence lifestyle and traded with other local native groups.

The first white settlers were homesteaders who carved a permanent community out of the Alaska wilderness. Construction of the road system and the Alaska Railroad fueled population growth and Palmer is now a bedroom community for Anchorage. Whether you want to golf, fish, hike the many trails in the area or eat a fantastic meal Palmer is the place for you. The pedestrian-friendly downtown is filled with small shops offering books, gifts and arts and crafts from the area’s artisans. From just about any point in Palmer you are ringed by majestic mountain peaks.

Palmer Museum & Visitor Center in the rustic log cabin downtown. Open daily in the summer. Items from Palmer’s pioneer days are displayed in the museum. 723 South Valley Way. 907-745-8878
palmermuseum.org

 

Finger Lake State Recreation Site

Six miles from Palmer, Mile 1.5 Bogard Road, Wasilla. 36 campsites, 10 picnic sites, water, toilets, and a boat launch. Check Visitor …

 

Fox Run RV Campground

mile 36.3 Glenn Hwy. 1-877-745-6120, 907-745-6120

 

Matanuska River Park

mile 17 Old Glenn Highway. 86 spaces for tents or RV’s, flush toilets, showers, dump station, picnic tables, grills, park  pavilions. River …

 

Alaska State Fair

Palmer Fairgrounds in the last week of August. The state’s largest fair with craft booths, live entertainment and  home of record-setting giant …

 

Independence Mine State Historical Park

Independence Mine State Historical Park at Hatcher Pass is protected by the Alaska State Parks and offers a preserved experience of what …

 

Kepler-Bradley Lakes State Recreation Area

is a popular fishing, hiking and biking park. This popular state park comprises several trout and grayling filled lakes. The lakes are …

 

Hatcher Pass

Hatcher Pass is 18-miles north of Palmer, in the high mountain summits. Cabins left from the Gold Rush still rest on the …

 

Matanuska Glacier

The Matanuska Glacier is Alaska’s largest glacier accessible by car. The glacier is reached at Mile 102 on the Glenn Highway, a …

 

Eska Creek Falls Trail

The Eska Creek Falls Trail is moderately difficult as the trail climbs 1300 feet in 2.5 miles. At the 1600 foot elevation …

 

West Bodenburg Butte Trail.

This is a great hike that is moderately difficult. Great views of the Matanuska Valley, Knik Glacier, Pioneer Peak and The Talkeetna …

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