Willard Munger State Trail (Gateway Segment)

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The Gateway State Trail is an 18.3-mile-long pathway that is part of the Willard Munger State Trail system. The paved trail 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 provides access to other trails in Phalen-Keller Regional Park. There are plans to create a link, called Browns Creek Segment, from the Lake Masterman area east to Stillwater along the old Zephyer Line.

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

Reviews

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

Willard Munger trail

   June, 2015 by mccarty_21

I thought it was a beautiful trail with dense foliage in town giving way to a beautiful, more open view as you got further and further north. It was so different at the beginning that it seems like two different trails over a mere eighteen miles. read more

heaven

   September, 2014 by annbellenfarrell

This trail is such a gift to MN. Smooth, very little worry about automobiles. Horseback riders on a dirt parallel trail at times. Saw a few goat eating trees along trail. Several free parking lots along the way. Lots of variety in scenery. Benches & port-a-potties ...read more