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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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.


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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.