The Gateway Trail is eighteen miles of well maintained, paved trail leading from Stillwater to St. Paul, Minnesota. It is a mostly flat trail closed to any motor traffic making it perfect for walkers, hikers and cyclists of any age.
Things to Do
- The trail is totally free and open to all ages. If you want to get fit or just want to bring your family out on an active day trip then come here. You can cycle, skate, roller blade, run, jog or just walk along the trail and enjoy the beautiful scenery and nature that surrounds it.
- The Trail has a few regular events on offer which are open to the public which are organized be the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The Thursday Morning Walk Series gives you the opportunity to search for animals and birds with the Trail naturalists. This Series also takes place in winter, you just have to put on some snowshoes!
- Look out for the next Candlight Walk that the Trail hosts. This free event takes groups on a moonlight walk along the trail and includes hot cider and other generous refreshments.
Gateway Trail Insider Tips
- Before setting off on a grand hike make sure you know where your going! There is a map of the trail you can print off in pdf form here.
- There is an adjacent horse trail which runs for about ten miles and is similarly open to the public. You can find the unpaved trail east of Interstate 694. If you plan on doing some horse riding then remember that you need to organize a horse pass first
- To ski on any of the trails in The Gateway Trail or any of the cross country skiing routes throughout Minnesota you need to buy a ski pass.
- The trail is wheelchair accessible.