Gateway/Brown’s Creek State Trail
and St. Croix River Crossing Loop
This combination of trails between metropolitan St. Paul and Stillwater is a true getaway as the scenery changes from urban to natural in just a few miles. It’s open to all kinds of non-motorized recreation, even horseback riding on a separated pathway.
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Along the Trail
Gateway State Trail
The Gateway is open to biking, hiking, horseback riding, in-line skating and skiing and is wheelchair accessible. The paved trail on the old Soo Line railway grade quickly changes from an urban trail to a rural trail with forests, lakes, wetlands and prairies, with very little development and road noise. It can be busy, especially on weekends. It starts near the State Capitol in St. Paul and travels to Pine Point Park.
Brown’s Creek State Trail
This scenic trail travels from Duluth Junction on the Gateway to the historic Stillwater train depot. On the Brown’s Creek Trail, riders can see a historic stone bridge from the mid-1800s hidden in the woods and several other interpretive displays. At about the halfway point, Brown’s Creek Park provides restrooms and ample parking. Then, riders will descend a canyon to Highway 95. This section of the trail provides views of spectacular fall colors and small waterfalls. The final miles of the Brown’s Creek trail follow the St. Croix River into Stillwater.
St. Croix River Crossing Loop Trail
The paved St. Croix River Crossing Loop takes off at the historic Stillwater train depot, travels through downtown Stillwater and makes a loop across the river into Wisconsin. Riders cross the river on the iconic Stillwater lift bridge which is open only to non-motorized traffic, and the new St. Croix Crossing Bridge, which has separated bike and pedestrian lanes. Lots of scenic views on this section.
The Gateway State Trail provides access to other trail opportunities in Phalen-Keller Regional Park and the Bruce Vento Trail. An extension of the Gateway north into Taylors Falls is being explored. Besides its connection to the Gateway Trail, the Brown’s Creek Trail connects with the St. Croix River Crossing Loop in Stillwater.