Gateway State Trail

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The Gateway State Trail is an 18.3-mile paved pathway that runs between the city of St. Paul, through urban and suburban landscapes, then across the countryside to Pine Point County Park. It offers a superb mix of parks, lakes, wetlands and Midwestern northern prairie lands.

Most uses are permitted along the trail, including snowmobiling in winter. Equestrians will find nearly 10 miles of adjacent gravel trail between I-694 and Pine Point Park for their use. The paved section of trail through here is groomed in winter for cross-county skiers. Permits are required for horseback riding, carriage driving and cross-country skiing.

The Gateway State Trail occupies the former Soo Line Railway right-of-way and, on its western end, provides access to the Lake Phalen Trail, a 3-mile loop around the lake with access to park amenities. Near its eastern end, the Gateway State Trail also links to the Brown's Creek State Trail, which heads east to Stillwater.

Parking and Trail Access

Access the Gateway State Trail at the following places:

1. Flicek Park in Maplewood and Maplewood Community Center (south of the intersection of County Road B and White Bear Avenue)
2. The Urban Ecology Center, northwest of the trail bridge over McKnight Road
3. 55th Street, east of Hadley Avenue (southwest corner of SR 36 and I-694)
4. Jamaca Avenue (at Jeffrey Avenue)
5. Near Lake Masterman on SR 96 in Grant, under the trail bridge
6. Pine Point County Park, five miles north of Stillwater (fee charged)
7. Parking is also available along city streets that cross the trail


Great ride

   July, 2016 by gloth7

The website advised different places to park a car which made it convenient for accessing the bike trail. The trail itself is marked very clearly with signs. Different stations along the trail with bike repair tools, water spigots, and park benches. Not more

Urban link to the countryside

   September, 2015 by kabatwo

This trail is a beautiful transition to get out of the city and into a really rural area in a nice one day ride. If you ride from St. Paul all the way to the end of the trail, you can plan some rural routes to get to local lakes. I saw many road bikers more

Great Trail

   August, 2015 by pat_tl

Very nice ride, gentle hills, gorgeous scenery, nicely maintained, almost no interaction with cars on the part we've ridden- 694 to the park at the end. read more