Brown's Creek segment of the Gateway State Trail

Project Details by Fiscal Year
Fund Source
Parks & Trails Fund
End Date
October 2014
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017, Regular Session, Ch. 91, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(2)
Project Overview

This major trail project entailed the construction of a new segment of state trail stretching from downtown Stillwater to the Gateway State Trail, a six (6) mile segment that traverses Brown's Creek. With project completion, recreationists and commuters have a paved multi-use route from St. Paul to Stillwater. The work created an accessible (ADA) paved trail with less than a 2% grade, designed for year-round non-motorized use from biking and horseback riding to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

The trail development was completed in October 2014 and interpretive signs were installed in spring 2015. A grand opening was held in June 2015. Since then, the trail has been heavily used year-round.

About the Issue

Project goals were to create accessible trail use opportunities for users of all abilities, and promote economic growth in the area by attracting new visitors year-round.

Through a partnership with Washington County, the City of Stillwater, and others, six miles of former railroad bed was purchased and developed.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
MNDNR Division of Parks and Trails
Street Address
500 Lafayette Rd
St Paul
Zip Code