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



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.


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.

Events Calendar


Brown's Creek State Trail

Bird Walk


Brown's Creek State Trail

Brown's Creek Trail Bird Walk


Brown's Creek State Trail

Birds of Brown's Creek State Trail


Brown's Creek State Trail

Women's Wildflower Walk


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

Explore Brown's Creek


Brown's Creek State Trail - Park Reserve

Fitness and Phenology Walk


Brown's Creek State Trail

Women's Autumn Color Walk


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


Trail uses


Trail uses



in-line skatingIn-line skating


Wheelchair accessAccessible Outdoors (electric wheelchairs allowed)




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.



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


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

Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association

Visit Saint Paul

Explore Minnesota Tourism

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 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.
  • Minnesota Rules, 6100.3000 apply on the Brown's Creek State Trail.


Winter use

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.