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.
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.
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 Feb. 2, 2018)
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.
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.
- Historic preservation of wrought iron bridge from 1870's: MNDOT video (8:11 min., 2012 )
- Overview of the multi-use trail: listen, read transcript, (14:00 min., MP3, 1.9 MB, 2008)
- History of the trail: listen, read transcript, (13:22 min., MP3, 2 MB, 2008)
- Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association
- Trail uses
Accessible Outdoors (electric wheelchairs allowed)
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)
- 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
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
In the area
Nearby DNR recreational areas include:
Other nearby recreational opportunities
The following links will take you off the DNR website.
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.
During winter months the western portion of the trail between Cayuga Street in St. Paul and Jamaca Avenue in Grant is plowed for hikers.