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This is where you will find information about various projects relevant to the Gateway & Brown's Creek Trails.

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  • 12/06/2017 8:29 PM | Joan Kahle-Berger (Administrator)

    The DNR will plow the Gateway Trail from University Ave. in St. Paul to Jamaca Avenue in the City of Grant.  There will be no plowing or maintenance on the Gateway from Jamaca to Pine Point Park. The City of Stillwater will plow the Brown's Creek Trail from Brown's Creek Park to Stillwater.  A reminder that on the unplowed areas  you should respect ski tracking if you are walking or riding horses on the trails.

  • 12/05/2016 12:54 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)

    The DNR will plow the Gateway Trail from University Ave. in St. Paul to Jamaca Avenue in the City of Grant.  There will be no plowing or maintenance on the Gateway from Jamaca to Pine Point Park, or on the Browns Creek Trail.  A reminder that on the unplowed areas  you should respect ski tracking if you are walking or riding horses on the trails.

  • 12/05/2016 12:50 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)

    As of December 1st, 2016,  the Gateway Trail is now opened to the St. Paul Capitol area.  The DNR still has some things to finish, so the official opening will be later but the trail can be used.

  • 06/30/2016 2:54 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)

    Trail users on the Gateway Trail have reported that tickets are being given for improper parking. The two areas that you should pay  particular attention to are at the Jamaca and Jeffrey area where there are only about 6 DNR owned parking spaces adjoining the trail The other area is the side road at the Hwy 96 parking area.  Other nearby parking would be along Hwy 12 at the tunnel and either at Hadley or Browns Creek Park. Don't get a ticket that spoils your ride!

  • 03/13/2016 6:02 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)

    A subversive act? How to appreciate a walk in the middle of the workday
    Bob Timmons, Star Tribune

    It was a late-February day, in early afternoon, the sky thick and gray, mustering what light it could. And it was cool, made cooler by a dampness that raised the notion of spring but made me second-guess my decision to leave my gloves behind.

    Still, it was a good day to be outdoors. It was a good day to simply walk.

    At midday on a Wednesday, the act bordered on the subversive in the face of modern life’s frenetic pace and even the other recreational possibilities (I wasn’t fat biking or snowshoeing or running). Before me was an opportunity to detach for a brief time at nature’s pace and bidding. At the trailhead I emptied my mind of to-do lists and thoughts of what awaited me afterward, pointed myself southward, and just walked.

    I set foot on the Gateway State Trail, in Grant — new for me, in the sense that for years I’ve only really ever known the state trail by wheel or on the run, its woods and wetlands, its occasional hobby farm and horse trails, always rushing past in the periphery.

    Before long, the white noise of traffic dissipated. In the solace and quiet, my mind opened to the moments at hand. I picked up the hint of wind that rustled winter’s holdovers on the oak trees. Then, a large red-tailed hawk sliced overhead, perhaps looking for nest materials. And what of that chickadee that flew up to me oh, so close?

    All along, there were hundreds of tracks in what remained of the snow, less solid by the day. Some human, some animal, the tracks stepped this way and that. Fallen leaves made their own impressions, too, like elfen snowshoes had set down. More curious were the tracks on the gray ice of ponds in mid-thaw. Some of the imprints were unrecognizable, or stopped at center ice, or disappeared on a distant shore. There was some story there it seemed. Who or what made some of those? No doubt the answers come at night.

    At one of the larger ponds, I followed surface tracks that led up to their owners standing over their tip-ups, no doubt also finding their freedom just like me.

    I happened by other walkers, some solo, some in groups walking with a purpose. Regulars at the state’s parks and points on the North Shore, Mike Fuerst and Eileen Kellen were out there, too, but clearly heard a different call. The retired couple from St. Paul stopped, studied, photographed. They looked deeply.

    “You never know what you are going to see, and that is the exciting part,” said Minnesota state park naturalist Linda Radimecky, who leads midweek trail walks that include the Gateway. “If  you are walking, you do see things that you don’t see on your bike, you don’t see while you are running. … There are mysteries.”

    The human encounters, too, shouldn’t be overlooked. “There is a camaraderie among strangers. People show up, and the common goal is to walk and see what’s out there. By the end, you end up chatting with people and having a great time.”

    Back on the trail, the occasional power line or highway overpass encroached on my outing, but I felt more detached from the modern world with each step, each bird call, each whisper of red oak leaves in the breeze. The Gateway’s natural world had contained me but for a few hours in nature’s clarifying way that opens us to the bigger reality at work — and our truer selves.

    It was a good day to simply walk.


    Bob Timmons • 612-673-7899

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  • 07/03/2015 8:01 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)

    MN Trails magazine recently featured an article covering the grand opening of the Brown's Creek State Trail. The article also features a number of great photos from the grand opening. View the entire article here and enjoy the photo gallery here!

  • 06/12/2015 1:03 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)

    Linda Radimecky, our trail Linda, our trail naturalist, had a great feature article on the front page of the StarTribune Outdoor section yesterday. See the full article here. Congratulations Linda, and thanks for all you do for the GBCTA!

  • 04/08/2015 1:27 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)

    On behalf of everyone on the Board of Directors of the GBCTA, we'd like to wish John Oldendorf a very happy birthday, and thank him for his years of very active service as our President. Thanks John!

  • 10/29/2014 5:27 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)


    On behalf of the Minnesota DNR Division of Parks and Trails, I am excited to share great news that the Brown’s Creek State Trail will be opening very soon! The 5.9 mile trail that connects Stillwater with the Gateway State Trail has been paved and DNR staff are applying the finishing touches to ready the beautiful trail for a public opening. We are planning for a “soft” opening date this Friday, October 31. An official news release will be sent once the trail is open, but we want you to be the first to be aware of the big news and to thank you for your contribution to creating a legacy for current and future generations to enjoy: Thank You!

    The Brown’s Creek State Trail official opening celebration and recognition ribbon-cutting event is planned to coincide with National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Brown’s Creek will be at the center of celebrating Minnesota’s growing network of state trails, made possible by the commitment and support of many.

    Thank you for the important role you have played to help make Brown’s Creek State Trail a reality. Please Save the Date on Saturday, June 6, 2015 to participate in a fun celebration of our mutual success.


    Jan Shaw Wolff
    Central Regional Manager
    Minnesota DNR Division of Parks and Trails
    1200 Warner Road, St. Paul, MN 55106

  • 08/01/2014 7:18 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)

    A new slideshow of photos has been posted showing Dennis & Les checking the Bluebird houses along the Gateway Trail. Visit the Galleries page, then scroll to the bottom to view!

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