Brown's Creek State Trail

Browns Creek State Trail

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


Brown's Creek State Trail location

Map

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 an audio listening station, historical markers and buildings and through local parks, golf courses, and a community with historical significance.

The trail is primarily for pedestrian use and nonmotorized riding. Other trail uses like horseback riding, 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.

Permits

You will need a horse pass if you will be horseback riding. No other fees or passes are required to use the trail.

Events Calendar

09/23/18

Brown's Creek State Trail

Women's Autumn Color Walk

09/23/18

Brown's Creek State Trail at Brown's Creek Park Reserve

Beginning Fly Fishing - Learning to cast

09/23/18

Brown's Creek State Trail at Brown's Creek Park Reserve

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Autumn Color Walk - Brown's Creek State Trail

10/12/18

Brown's Creek State Trail

Candlelight Walk on Brown?s Creek State Trail


Trail uses

The trail is primarily for pedestrian use and nonmotorized riding. Other trail uses like horseback riding, 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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Wheelchair accessAccessible Outdoors (electric wheelchairs allowed)

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

Attractions and points of interest

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway - Canoe Route

City of Stillwater parks

St. Croix Boomsite

Discover Stillwater

Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association

Visit Saint Paul


Explore Minnesota Tourism

This link leads to Explore Minnesota Tourism's website.
Rules & etiquette

You are responsible for knowing the rules. For more information see: Minnesota Rules, State Recreational Trails, 6100.3000 through 6100.4300.

Rules about using e-bikes, Segways, and other uses on state trails.

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

Share the trails with others.

  • Stay on the trail.
  • Keep to the right and warn other trail users when passing.
  • 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.
Winter

The trail is open in the winter but is not groomed for any winter use. Snowshoers and walkers or skiers who don't mind not having a groomed trail will enjoy the Brown's Creek State Trail in winter.