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.



Hot topic: E bikes and E Scooters ? Are they allowed on the trail. Thinking of buying one or renting . Read more

Bluebirds are hatching on the  Gateway trail with help from the Holy Rollers !

The full story is here


Summer is here on the Gateway and there is lots of action with DNR led bird walks, GBCTA newsletter  (join up to make sure you get a copy) and folks biking, walking, jogging and generally enjoying the trails. Come back here often to check what is happening on the Gateway Browns Creek trail

Gateway Trailside is now open for snacks in Grant right next to the trail. Check their website for hours and menu. 

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.

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.

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    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 newsletter to stay updated on the latest trail developments! example
  • Your membership fee or donation is completely tax-deductible!


GBCTA President Dennis Lindeke's spring letter 

Spring arrived a bit late this year, but when it did, everything had a huge sense of urgency. The trees leafed out in a hurry, the weeds popped right up and folks hit the trails, even before all the snow melted from the last blizzard. I really enjoy the early season, the cool air, no bugs, bird calls and the music of the tree frogs. I also enjoyed a couple of the spring bird walks with Bob Bystrom, bird expert extraordinaire, and several other enthusiastic bird watchers.

The members of the Association have been very busy advocating for the users of the trail. Here are a few updates :

- upcoming events National Trails Day June 2 (CANCELLED)  and volunteer recognition  picnic June 25 (see events)  

- We welcome two new members to the Board of Directors:  Laura Poulsen (Social Media) and Ian Harding (Webmaster).

- The Association brochure was recently updated, along with the trail map. Thanks to Beth Hayden, our VP, and the DNR cartographer for making this happen. new map

- The bluebirds have returned to the eastern end of the Gateway Trail. At last count, the moms are sitting on about 20 eggs in several houses.

- The Gateway Trail on the west side of 35E is in transition. City sewer work has kept it closed most of the spring and then it will return to an interim route for another 1 - 2 years. It is hoped that funding will become available next year to begin construction of a trail segment between Arlington Ave and Maryland Ave, adjacent to, or near, L’Orient Ave.

- At Hadley Ave, near Fleet Farm in Oakdale, the long awaited tunnel crossing is planned for 2019. A needed safety upgrade

- Very good progress is being made on the 20 year effort for the Gateway Trail extension from Pine Point Park to Scandia. The work has been to define the route and negotiate easements with public and private interests. Many thanks to folks like Brandon Helm and Rachel Hintzman at the DNR for helping to make this a reality.

Enjoy the Trails!

Upcoming Events

09/23/2018 9:30 AM • Brown's Creek Preserve - Neal Ave Stillwater
09/23/2018 1:00 PM • Brown's Creek State Trail - Brown's Creek Preserve Parking on Neal Avenue
10/12/2018 5:00 PM • Brown's Creek Preserve Parking on Neal Avenue Stillwater
10/14/2018 9:00 AM • Mathomedi Athletic Fields - Wildwood Elementary Parking lot


 You can download a copy of our 2018 brochure here (with trail map and helpful tips) 

Gateway Browns Creek Trail Association Brochure 2018.pdf

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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