Warm sunny days are still here so it’s time to get outside and explore the trails in Stillwater. With three connecting trails – St. Croix Loop Trail that goes over the new bridge to Wisconsin, the Brown’s Creek Trail along the old rail line north of downtown Stillwater and the Gateway State Bike Trail that connects to St. Paul, Minnesota – Stillwater is a beautiful destination for a spring, summer or fall biking getaway.
Didn’t bring your bike on your travels or perhaps you want to try out an electric bike – We have many solutions for you!
Rent cruiser bikes from the DIRO Outdoors self-rental station next to Water Street Inn near the riverfront or try out e-bikes from Mike’s Electric Bikes or Big River LTD both right downtown or, imagine starting your bike trail route at an adorable and very tasty food truck (Gateway Trailside) along the Gateway State Trail where they also have a few electric cruiser bikes for rent.
Electric bikes are stylish, comfortable and easy to figure out how to operate once you give it a try. E-bikes make it easy to cover a longer trip and see more of Stillwater, Minnesota. Tired of pedaling? Simply kick on the motor for a boost and take a break. Let the wind flow through your hair (under your helmet of course) and open your eyes to see the beauty of prairies, woods, creeks, bridges, golf courses and the historic riverfront downtown of Stillwater.
From the Gateway Trail access at Pine Point Park, it’s just a 10 mile ride to downtown Stillwater, so we recommend a turn onto the Brown’s Creek trail when you hit Duluth Junction and a coast downhill into downtown.
Depending on how many times you stop to take pictures or read the history displays you may arrive downtown in as quick as a half hour. Lock up your bikes and spend the day browsing Main Street boutiques and candy shops. Grab lunch and a cool drink on a patio or enjoy a picnic together in riverfront Lowell Park while you watch the boats go by on the St. Croix River.
More about these hip cycles…The electric bikes are just like a regular bike – only better. You can pedal normally (or not) and get power when you want it. The battery will last for 40 miles of moderate use with average size person.You have the freedom to go farther and faster, and to conquer hills and headwinds with ease. It feels like being a kid again! (verified via personal experience). Rent for 2, 4, or 8 hours. Use the electric bikes to conquer the steep hills of Myrtle or Olive St. and get up into the South and North Hill historic neighborhoods to admire the front porch era and historic mansions of this town once the epicenter of the lumber era.
For rentals longer than 4 hours, Gateway Trailside is offering a limited time ‘picnic deal’ where they’ll pack a healthy picnic for you that fits perfectly in your cruiser bike’s basket!
How sweet is that? Date idea…guys and gals! This is very thoughtful and special way to spend the day together don’t you think? mother/daughter, father/son, grandparents, girlfriends…this fun idea is great for all adults (16yr old min age). Online rental is preferred, so plan ahead to reserve your bikes. If you prefer to have the bikes delivered to your hotel or Bed & Breakfast, with prior notice this can also be arranged. We hope you enjoy this experience while in Stillwater as we always recommend a dose of nature on your visit!
Bike Rental Options in Stillwater
- Mike’s Electric Bikes, 224 Chestnut St. E. Stillwater, MN
- Big River LTD, 225 2nd St. N (behind Hotel Crosby) Stillwater, MN
- DIRO Outdoors, 101 Water St. S., self rental station for regular bikes
- Gateway Trailside, 9760 Lansing Ave N./Off Gateway State Bike Trail
For more information on hiking and biking trails in Stillwater visit this Things to Do – Hiking & Biking page. You can also order your own copy of the Visitor Guide which includes a bike trail map here: https://www.discoverstillwater.com/visitors-guide/