Trails Plan Looking for Public Opinion

Feb 23, 2021

It has been about 15 years since the comprehensive plan for the hundreds of trails in the Fairbanks North Star Borough was updated. In that time, more formal trails have been developed and more different kinds of uses like skijoring and fatbiking have become popular. Now the borough’s Trail Advisory Commission is starting to update the Comprehensive Trail Plan, and wants the public to come to its meetings this Wednesday and next Monday nights.

Interior Alaska Land Trust

The open space corridor in Goldstream Valley, north of Fairbanks, got more land added to it this year. A citizen conservation group, the Interior Alaska Land Trust, acquired two big chunks of land, preserving them from development and adding to a public trail system.

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A Delta Junction-based organization is cleaning up junk from an area around the town’s old dumpsite to clear the way for construction of a new park. The Delta Junction Trails Association’s proposed River Walk Park would offer locals and visitors stunning views of the eastern Alaska Range and serve as a hub to a communitywide network of trails.

Trails Challenge Extended to May 1

Apr 6, 2020

Alaska’s Interior had a very cold winter and a lot of snow. People are still skiing, snowshoeing and hiking on local trails. The state health department has recommended using trails as a way to help physical and mental health while staying far apart from each other. The Fairbanks North Star Borough Trails office has extended the Winter Trails Challenge to help people take advantage of the outdoors.


Interior Alaska trails are popular summer and winter, and advocates are trying to expand trail networks before population pressure makes more land unavailable. The Interior Alaska Land Trust is one organization trying to add to trail networks.

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Trails Challenge Gets Folks Outdoors

Sep 11, 2019

With great weather for September, more people are taking advantage of local trails.  There are hundreds of public trails in the Fairbanks North Star Borough on borough and state land. To help hikers, bikers and ATV users find them, the borough has started a Trails Challenge.

Fairbanks North Star Borough

The state will no longer share federal trail money with Alaska communities. The Recreational Trails Program provides about one point 5 million dollars to Alaska annually, money which has been split between state park and community projects, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the funding is being re-focused.

New Trail on Ester Dome in the Works

Oct 18, 2013

Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough, the State Department of Transportation and an area trail users group are in the beginning stages of a cooperative plan to build a new trail along Ester Dome Road.  The trail would be used for the annual Equinox Marathon, but it’s also a way to improve safety for runners, bikers and other residents who regularly use the road for recreation.