Gateway State Trail

Gateway State Trail

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Located on a converted rail-trail, the Gateway State Trail offers 18 miles of paved trail for non-motorized use. The trail begins in the city of St. Paul, travels northeast through the cities of Maplewood, North St. Paul, and Oakdale, through Washington County, and ends at Pine Point Regional Park, just four miles northwest of the city of Stillwater. It is generally level and wheelchair accessible.

Gateway State Trail location

Map

Visitor alert

Construction area

The trail is closed west of 35E from L’Orient St to Cayuga St in St. Paul due to sewer work. A detour is posted on the trail, but travel the detour at your own risk.

Rough trail

A portion of the trail from Westminster Bridge in St. Paul to 1/4 mile east is rough. Please take care when traveling this section of trail.

(Updated May 16, 2018)

Landscape

From St. Paul to Interstate 694, the Gateway State Trail travels through an urban setting that joins numerous parks and other local and regional trail connections, including the Phalen-Keller Regional Park and the Bruce Vento Regional Trail. Many trail users are surprised to find rural landscapes so close to the metro area.

The Gateway State Trail provides access to downtown St. Paul and the State Capitol Complex, yet also takes you past parks, lakes, wetlands, and fields.

Adjacent horse trail

East of Interstate 694, an adjacent unpaved trail is available for horseback riding and carriage driving. The unpaved treadway is approximately ten miles long, and runs through the more rural section of the trail.

Permits

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

Virtual tours

Take a virtual tour of the Gateway State Trail. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip! Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour 

Events Calendar

10/14/18

Gateway State Trail

Gateway Fall Color Walk


Trail uses

East of Interstate 694, an adjacent unpaved trail is available for horseback riding and carriage driving. The unpaved treadway is approximately ten miles long, and runs through the more rural section of the trail.

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Wheelchair accessAccessible Outdoors (electric wheelchairs allowed)

Parking

Do not leave valuables in your vehicle!

Parking is available at the following trail accesses:

  • The North Saint Paul Trailhead, between First Street and Second Street just north of Seventh Avenue, next to the wind turbine
  • Flicek Park (City of Maplewood)
  • Maplewood Community Center, south of the intersection of County Road B and White Bear Avenue
  • 55th Street, east of Hadley Avenue (southwest corner of Highway 36 and Interstate 694)
  • Mahtomedi Athletic Fields – Green Lot (north of Hwy. 12, designated trail parking spots only)
  • Jamaca Avenue (at Jeffrey Avenue)
  • Near Lake Masterman on State Highway 96 in Grant, under the Gateway State Trail bridge
  • Pine Point County Park, five miles north of Stillwater (fee charged)
  • Parking is also available along city streets that cross the trail

Directions to Cayuga/L'Orient Trailhead

There is no parking lot at this trailhead; street parking is available on Agate Street, one block west of the trailhead. (Lat. 44.997; Long. -93.091)

  • From the east: Interstate 94W to exit 242B for Interstate 35E north. Take exit 108 Cayuga Street. Turn right on Cayuga Street and go west to the Frontage Road/L’Orient. Trailhead is at the NW corner of the intersection.
  • From the west: Interstate 94E to exit 242B for Interstate 35E north. Take exit 108 Cayuga Street. Turn right on Cayuga Street and go west to the Frontage Road/L’Orient. Trailhead is at the NW corner of the intersection.
  • From the Capitol: Go east on University Avenue to Jackson Street. Turn left and go north on Jackson Street. At the entrance to the Oakland Cemetery. Turn right on Sycamore Street and then turn left and go north on Jackson Street to Cayuga Street. Turn right and go east on Cayuga Street. Trailhead is at the NW corner of Cayuga Street and the Frontage Road/L’Orient intersection.
Restrooms

Restroom facilities are provided along the trail at these points:

  • Parking lot at 55th St., east of Hadley
  • Jamaca Ave. (May-October only)
  • Hwy 96, under the trail bridge (May-October only)
  • Lansing Ave. (May-October only)
  • Pine Point County Park
  • Other adjacent city and regional parks along the trail
In the area

Nearby DNR recreational areas include:

State Parks

Attractions and points of interest

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway - Canoe Route

Discover Stillwater

Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association

Visit Saint Paul


Explore Minnesota Tourism

This link leads to Explore Minnesota Tourism's website.
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 Gateway State Trail.
  • Enjoy the beauty of wild plants and animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.
  • Minnesota Rules, 6100.3000 apply on the Gateway State Trail.
Winter

During winter months the western portion of the trail between Cayuga Street in St. Paul and Jamaca Avenue in Grant is plowed for hikers.