Brown's Creek State Trail

This beautiful trail is 5.9 miles long and connects the Gateway State Trail in the city of Grant to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in Stillwater.

The trail connects to local park and trail systems.

Situated on a former railroad grade, the trail is generally level and accessible to users of all abilities.


Brown's Creek State Trail location

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Trail notes

Brown's Creek State Trail Grand Opening Events

June 6 from 9am – 1pm
National Trails Day Event
As you travel along the trail visit with naturalist at 5 separate pullouts and participate in fun activities and learn more about the trail and the wonderful resources around it.

June 6 @ 10am at Stillwater Trail head
Brown's Creek Grand Opening Ceremony
Join us for the formal grand opening ceremony at the Stillwater Trailhead. The event will include art projects for kids, speakers, music, a ribbon cutting, and refreshments.

June 7 @ 1pm at Brown's Creek Nature Preserve at Neal Ave
Geocaching 101
Discover the fascinating challenge on geocaching. You will learn how to use a GPS unit and then head out to find some specially placed caches.

June 8 @ 1pm at Brown's Creek Nature Preserve at Neal Ave
Nature Through a Camera Lens
We’ll be going for a walk along the trail taking pictures of nature’s beauty along the way.

June 9 @ 7am at Brown's Creek Nature Preserve at Neal Ave
Birds of Brown's Creek State Trail
Join us as we try to identify as many bird species as we can by sight and sound. Bring binoculars if you have them.

June 10 @ 10am at Brown's Creek Nature Preserve at Neal Ave
Wildflower & Plant Walk
Join us on walk along the trail to see what flowers are blooming, what’s blooming next and has already bloomed, and what other plants are out there.

June 11 @ 6:30pm at Brown's Creek Nature Preserve at Neal Ave
Brown's Creek Watershed District Ice Cream Social
Join us for a number of fun activities along the trail as you learn about the great work the Watershed District is doing. Complete a passport to receive a prize and of course eat some ice cream!

June 11 @ 6:30pm at Brown's Creek Nature Preserve at Neal Ave
Thursday Evening Trail Ride
Come explore the trail and get your heart pumping at the same time.

Purchase and development of this trail was made possible by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Legacy Amendment, Washington County, the City of Stillwater, and the Gateway-Brown's Creek Trail Association.

Landscape

About two miles of the Brown's Creek State Trail is immediately adjacent to Brown's Creek, a designated trout stream with a dense broadleaf forest canopy. One mile of the trail corridor parallels the St. Croix River, with spectacular views of the National Scenic Riverway. This is Minnesota's only river in the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers system.

The trail also passes by historical markers and buildings and through local parks, golf courses, and a community with historical significance.

Uses

The trail is primarily for pedestrian use and nonmotorized riding. Other trail uses like horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and environmental education or interpretation may be accommodated on specific segments of the trail. Horseback riding is allowed between the Gateway State Trail and Lofton Avenue, just west of the Manning Avenue bridge.


Events

05/24/15

Brown's Creek State Trail

Brown's Creek State Trail Bicycle tour

06/04/15

Gateway State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Rides

06/06/15

Brown's Creek State Trail

Brown's Creek State Trail Grand Opening

06/06/15

Brown's Creek State Trail

National Trails Day Event - Brown's Creek State Trail

06/07/15

Brown's Creek State Trail - Coldwater Stop at Neal Ave

Geocaching 101

06/08/15

Brown's Creek State Trail - Coldwater Stop at Neal Ave

Nature Photography

06/09/15

Brown's Creek State Trail - Coldwater Stop at Neal Ave

Birds of Brown's Creek State Trail

06/10/15

Brown's Creek State Trail - Coldwater Stop at Neal Ave

What is Blooming on the Trail?

06/11/15

Brown's Creek State Trail - Coldwater Stop at Neal Ave

Thursday Evening Trail Rides

06/11/15

Brown's Creek State Trail - Coldwater Stop at Neal Ave

Brown's Creek Watershed District Ice Cream Social

06/18/15

Gateway State Trail

Nordic Walking

07/16/15

Gateway State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Rides

07/18/15

Brown's Creek State Trail

Women's Bike Ride on Brown's Creek State Trail

07/23/15

Brown's Creek State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Rides

08/13/15

Gateway State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Rides

08/20/15

Brown's Creek State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Rides

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Permits

You will need a horse pass if you will be horseback riding, and a ski pass for cross-country skiing along portions of the trail where these activities are allowed. No other fees or passes will be required to use the trail.

 

  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • In the area
  • Etiquette
  • Winter

Parking

Do not leave valuables in your vehicle!

Parking will be available at the following trail accesses:

  • Laurel Street East in downtown Stillwater, at the eastern end of the trail.
  • In Brown's Creek Nature Preserve, just south of the intersection of McKusick Road and Neal Avenue, halfway along the trail.
  • In Grant, near Lake Masterman on State Highway 96, under the Gateway State Trail bridge.

Restrooms

Restroom facilities will be provided along the trail at these points:

  • 1/4 mile south of the eastern end of the trail in downtown Stillwater, at the pedestrian walkway managed by the city.
  • Seasonal portable bathroom in Brown's Creek Nature Preserve on Neal Avenue, halfway along the trail.
  • Seasonal portable bathroom about 1/4 mile northeast of the western end of the trail, at the intersection of the Gateway State Trail and State Highway 96.

In the area

Nearby park and recreation areas include:

State Trail

State Parks

State  Water Trails

Other nearby recreational opportunities

The following links will take you off the DNR website.

Discover Stillwater This link leads to an external site.

Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association This link leads to an external site.

Visit Saint Paul This link leads to an external site.


Explore Minnesota Tourism This link leads to an external site.

This link leads to Explore Minnesota Tourism's website.

Trail etiquette

All users must yield to horses. Stop and dismount if requested.

  • Stay on the trail.
  • Keep to the right.
  • All pets must be on a leash.
  • Clean up all pet waste.
  • Obey traffic signs and rules.
  • Respect private property adjacent to the trail.
  • Camping and campfires are not permitted on the Brown's Creek State Trail.
  • Brown's Creek is a trout stream. For fishing access and regulations refer to the trout streams website for information.
  • Enjoy the beauty of wild plants and animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.
  • Minnesota Rules, 6100.3000 apply on the Brown's Creek State Trail.

Winter use

During winter months, the western portion of the trail between the Gateway State Trail and Brown's Creek Nature Preserve is groomed for classical cross-country skiing.

The eastern portion between Brown's Creek Nature Preserve and downtown Stillwater will be packed for walking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

You will need a ski pass if you will be cross country skiing.