Gateway-Brown's Creek Trail Association
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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  -
Dennis Lindeke

Wow, what a great summer and beautiful, extended fall it was on the Gateway and Browns Creek Trails.  Now that winter has arrived, folks bundle up and continue to use these amazing trails.  We still see commuters, walkers, joggers, horses. and now a few skiers. 

A couple winter trail and activity updates:

  • Plowing:  The Gateway will be plowed from University Ave to Jamaca Ave, in Grant.  Browns Creek will be plowed from the City of Stillwater to Browns Creek Park.
  • Annual winter Gasthaus lunch event on 2/3/18.  See events tab for more details.
  • Annual DNR Candlelight walk.  Friday, 1/26/18.  Starts at Wildwood school in Grant and heads west for one-mile along the Gateway.  Complete with a bonfire and marshmallows to roast. 

Our association committees and members have been very active this summer and fall:

  • We held three very successful outreach events to trail users:  Two at Browns Creek Park, and one at Arlington Gardens wayside in St. Paul. 
  • The trail brochure and maps are being updated, with a planned spring 2018 release.
  • It is now possible to pay your membership fees with a credit card.
  • A cooperative venture with the horse riders was started to keep the bridges and tunnels cleaned of horse droppings.

Our very good friends at the DNR have been doing an excellent job on the planned Gateway Trail extension from Pine Point Park to Scandia.  Many easements have been procured for key sections and other landowners are actively engaged.  It will still be many years before this extension is ready for public use, but great progress has been made this past year. 

Most of you have probably observed the bluebird houses along the north end of the Gateway Trail.  In 2017 a total of 43 young bluebirds fledged from these houses.  Over the four years that we have maintained these houses, a total of 188 of these little blue gems have taken flight.

The 2018 annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 7:00 pm, at the Mahtomedi District Education Center, 1520 Mahtomedi Ave. 

Enjoy the trails!

Webmaster Position Available

The GBCTA wishes to create a new “Webmaster” position on the Assn. Board of Directors.  This is a volunteer position, and this person will become an active member of the Assn.  This position serves on an annual basis, as do all of the Officers and Director. More info 

If interested, please contact Dennis Lindeke, GBCTA President at:

Not a GBCTA member?

Hit the "Join Now" icon below to fill out needed membership information.

You may use a credit card or pay with a check made 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.





Upcoming Events

04/26/2018 6:30 PM • Meet at 10th street parking area near Hadley Ave
04/28/2018 7:00 AM • ¼ Mile South of Gateway Trail/Lansing Ave. Crossing
05/05/2018 7:00 AM • Brown's Creek Nature Reserve parking area (Neal Ave)
05/07/2018 6:00 PM • Brown's Creek Trail - Schulenberg Park Stillwater
05/09/2018 7:00 AM • Brown's Creek Preserve, Neal Ave near McKusick Ave

News & Project Updates


 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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