Biking & Hiking Trails
Discover the Trails
View the natural beauty of the St. Croix valley winding down trails then end up downtown Stillwater for more food and fun. Did you know you can bike from downtown Stillwater to downtown St. Paul? That’s right bike from the Birthplace to the Capital of Minnesota! Explore the beautiful valley on city, county, and state trails for hiking, biking, or in-line skating. We have miles of trails from beginner to expert with amenities like restrooms, restaurants, breweries, wineries, shopping, and lodging all right downtown by the trail head of the Brown’s Creek/Gateway Trail. NEW! As part of the new St. Croix Crossing bridge project, a 5-mile loop trail will eventually connect the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the St. Croix River. As of now, you can enjoy a portion of this trail by crossing the new bridge to Wisconsin for amazing valley views.
For complete Minnesota/Twin Cities biking information for longer trips visit www.pedalmn.org, order a Twin Cities Bike Map, or check out the largest Twin Cities recreational bicycling club www.biketcbc.org or local St. Croix Valley Cycling Club Ride Maps. Map my Ride also has many road cycling routes that run through Stillwater. Minnesota is ranked as the #2 bicycle-friendly state in the country by the League of American Bicyclists.
Serious racing cyclists flock to Stillwater for two annual cycling events:
The Minnesota IRONMAN bike ride features the Scenic St Croix River Valley covering Washington County and the communities of Scandia, Stillwater, Afton, Lake Elmo, Marine on the St Croix and Oak Park Heights. Several routes have been established for riders in all types of levels and distances. This is not a race. Event in April.
The state-wide pro North Star Bicycle Festival‘s annual criterium Grand Prix who’s bike race route includes the famous Chilkoot Hill known as one of the hardest climbs in America. Award ceremony takes place in downtown Stillwater. Join the fun and cheer on the riders as they reach the end of the their grueling race. Event is in June.
Pedestrian Mall on Water St
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
BierCycle Adventures provides a fun and interactive way to explore beautiful downtown Stillwater. Our bike can hold up to 10 eager pedalers, and 3 non-pedalers, for a tour through downtown and along the river. Join us for a public tour, or reserve our bike for a private tour with friends and family. All are welcome to join the adventure at BierCycle Adventures!
826 4th St S.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
Chilkoot Cyclery is a full service bike shop with the attention to detail and service that big box retailers don’t give. They carry a full line of road, mountain, fat tire, Tri and urban bikes. They also have a full service repair shop where they can perform any task as simple as a tube change to rebuilding your RockShox or building a custom wheel that meets YOUR needs. They take a unique perspective on how they sell bikes. They ask lots of questions, take lots of measurements, and fit you to any bike you purchase regardless of what you are riding. All at a price that beats all the boxes, hands down. Looking for a group to ride with? Join fellow cyclists for rides departing from Chilkoot Cafe & Cyclery.
The Cities of Stillwater and Oak Park Heights are home to a multitude of beautiful hiking and biking trails. As part of a comprehensive trail system, there are walking paths throughout both cities. The paths wind through the neighborhoods and go past the City Hall. Many of the paths connect to parks. The paths have blacktop or gravel for your walking and biking pleasure.
DIRO Outdoors provides local outdoor activities; gear rental & delivery; parties & company events; and educational & environmental stewardship opportunities within the Twin Cities and St. Croix River Valley. We encourage you to try a wide variety of activities in hopes these will help you “find your outer space”.
Lansing Ave N/Gateway State Trail
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
If you get hungry or thirsty while biking, be sure to seek out this food truck along the trail to re-energize! Access the food truck via the Gateway Trail near mile marker 15 between hwy 96 and Lansing Ave. If you are on the Brown’s Creek trail, it’s located just north of the intersection of the Gateway and Brown’s Creek trail.
575 Main St N
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
Stay in Stillwater and ride 48 miles round-trip from downtown to St. Paul! Maps
The recently acquired 6.4 mile Brown’s Creek Trail now connects with the Gateway Trail enabling trail users to bike from Main Street in downtown Stillwater near the St. Croix River to the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. The Gateway-Brown’s Creek Trail is a multi-use trail providing biking, rollerblading, running, walking, horseback riding (starting at Pine Point Park, not downtown) and cross-country skiing (gateway only) to trail users year round. Start cycling downtown Stillwater at the trail-head on the north end of Main Street by the old train depot where a parking lot, map, and water fountains welcome you!
The Gateway State Trail is heavily used by thousands of people all year long. The former paved Soo Line rail bed runs 18 miles from St. Paul to Pine Point County Park in Stillwater offering mostly flat, scenic riding. From St. Paul to Interstate 694, the 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.
At this time, there are NO bike rental businesses in Stillwater. The nearest bike rental shop is Gateway Cycle off the Gateway State Trail in N. St. Paul. 651.777.0188
Downtown Stillwater was built on hills (much like San Francisco) with the lowest level being Main Street and the St. Croix river. Did you know that Stillwater has five sets of historic steps that you can climb for exercise, fun or for the view? The steps are marked on the map within the Stillwater Visitor Guide: Main Street Stairs · Chestnut Street Stairs · Pioneer Park Stairs · Triangle Park Stairs · South Hill Stairs. Each set has about 100 steps in a very steep vertical climb. Wind your way through downtown to find them all for a sense of accomplishment and about a 3 mile walk. Here is a suggested route – Click to view/print Stillwater Steps Route .
Oak Park Heights, MN 55082 (view map)
The St. Croix Crossing Bike/Pedestrian Loop Trail (MNDOT Fact Sheet) project will include construction of the trail from downtown Stillwater’s historic lift bridge over to Wisconsin and back across the new St. Croix Crossing bridge into downtown Stillwater along the river. As of August 3, the historic lift bridge is closed for rennovations (hoping to open Spring 2019) and the new bridge is open. Portions of the Loop Trail are complete (Progress Map) so you can enjoy a walk or bike ride over the new bridge for amazing views of the valley. Park near at Houlton Elementary school (70 Cty Rd E, Houlton, WI54082) on the Wisconsin side or downtown Stillwater in city lots. Here is a Loop Trail Map of the project once completed. The southern portion is mostly done, but note that at on both ends there are unpaved portions. The best part to ride for now, is over the new St. Croix Crossing bridge. For an even longer route, ride through downtown Stillwater to connect with the Brown’s Creek State Trail on the north end. Segway tours are also available over the bridge!
State Parks – Minnesota & Wisconsin
Stillwater is located along the St. Croix River on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin, so visitors have the benefit of access to both Minnesota (866.857.2757) and Wisconsin (800.372.3607) State Park system.
State Parks closest to Stillwater are:
William O’Brien 16821 O’Brien Trail North Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047 (651.433.0500)
Wild River 39797 Park Trail Center City, MN 55012 (651.583.2125)
Afton State Park 6959 Peller Ave S Hastings, MN 55033 (651.436.5391)
Willow River 1034 County Hwy A Hudson, WI 54016 (715-386-5931)
Wahoo! Adventures offers guided 90 minute kayaking tours every Tuesday morning at 8:30am. Make reservations by calling the Stillwater Trolley at 651.430.0352 – they will provide a 5 minute trolley ride to meet your guide. You can also book your own private kayak or bicycle tour for 2 – 20 people by calling us directly. Enjoy the best the St. Croix Valley has to offer on the river or on the local bicycle trails. In the winter we can get you to a local state or county park for a snowshoe adventure. We provide all the gear, maps, guidance, and inspiration you may need! No experience necessary.
Washington County Parks
Stillwater is located in Washington County with many nearby large outdoor recreation areas such as:
Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Beach/playground/multi-use trails/camping) 1515 Keats Ave. N. Lake Elmo, MN 651.430.8370
Square Lake Park (beach/fishing) 15450 Square Lake Trail North Stillwater, MN 651.430.8200
Pine Point Park (multi-use trails – Gateway State Bike Trail) 11900 Norell Avenue N. Stillwater, MN
Big Marine Park Reserve (boat launch/beach/playground/trails) 17495 Manning Trail N. Stillwater, MN 651.430.8200
Pick up Washington County Parks & Trails Maps at any of the above locations.