Gateway-Brown's Creek Trail Association
 Your Active Voice In The Trail's Development


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Gateway-Brown's Creek Trail

The Gateway - Brown's Creek trail is the recreational jewel of the East Metro Area of the Twin Cities. It is heavily used by thousands of people year-round. The former Soo Line rail bed, now paved, runs 18 miles from St. Paul, MN to Pine Point Park in Stillwater, MN. The recently acquired 5.9 mile Brown's Creek Trail connects with the Gateway Trail, enabling trail users to

go from the St. Croix River (in downtown Stillwater) to the Mississippi River. The Gateway-Brown's Creek Trail is a multi-use trail providing biking, rollerblading, running, walking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing to trail users year round. 


From Our President  - Rob McKim


   It's been a great summer on both the Gateway and Browns Creek  Trails.  Our new brochures and accompanying maps went like hot cakes from the various kiosks along the trails.  Fall is one of the most beautiful times along the tails, and we expect record numbers will ride and walk to enjoy the Fall colors.  One concern we have is that even with all the brochures taken..over 1000, our new memberships and renewals have slowed down.  We hope that you will consider joining or renewing a membership.  We will be gearing up for the 2017 Legislative session where we will lobby with Parks and Trails and the DNR for adequate funding for trail maintenance and development.  Being able to tell our Legislators about the large number of  members we have is always very important.

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Please make checks out to Parks and Trails and send to GBCTA at PO Box 9295, N. St. Paul, MN. 55109.

Join Now

    Your tax-deductible membership in the Gateway-Brown's Creek Trail Association (GBCTA) offers many benefits:

  • Know that you are doing your part to support a shared community resource!
  • Receive access to members-only areas of our website!
  • Receive updates on trail conditions!
  • Receive our quarterly newsletter to stay updated on the latest trail developments!
  • Your membership fee or donation is completely tax-deductible!

Interested in Volunteering?

      We are always looking for folks who would be willing to devote an hour or two to helping to keep the trails clean. We divide the trails into approximately 1-mile sections, and then build teams of Trail Monitors that then meet and pick up garbage, report damage, etc. along their assigned trail section. If you are interested in helping, please contact Barb Wahman at 651-483-0327.

Brown's Creek State Trail A Great Success

Safety Issues are a Concern 

   The success of the Browns Creek Trail has been amazing.  Trail users report what a wonderful trail it is, and large numbers are seen on the trail on any given day.  Great weather has also provided extra opportunities to experience both Browns Creek and the Gateway Trails.

   The DNR has reports that some bikers are not observing common courtesy rules, such as announcing your "passing on the left" or riding too fast for conditions.  More worrisome is the fact that some riders tend not to stop at marked crossings.  This is a real danger to themselves and to the cars crossing the trail.  The DNR has decided that it is necessary to station a Conservation Officer at some of these danger areas, and has started to ticket those who don't stop.  This is fair warning to all of us to remember to stop and not just take a quick look and ride on through.  These tickets are "real" tickets with consequences to the biker.  On the Gateway Trail, one crossing that has gotten particular note is that at Lansing.  So, we urge all trail users to be courteous and safe.





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 View a map of the new Brown's Creek Trail (5.9 miles long) here. Enjoy the trail and be SAFE!

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