Browns Creek State Trail Bridge Over Manning Avenue Taking Shape


The St. Croix River Crossing isn’t the only bridge being build in town.

The Browns Creek State Trail bike and pedestrian bridge is being constructed over Manning Avenue at Mckusik Road. The bridge will eventually connect the Gateway Trail in Grant to downtown Stillwater.

Last week, the span over Manning was installed.


The Brown’s Creek State Trail is not yet open to public use, and the Minnesota DNR is asking the public to stay off the entire Brown’s Creek State Trail corridor while it is under development. When complete, the trail will be 5.9 miles long and will connect the Gateway State Trail in the city of Grant to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in Stillwater.

The trail will also connect to local park and trail systems.

Paving of the entire Browns Creek State Trail will begin soon with the entire trail expected to be complete by the end of next summer, according to the DNR.

The trail is being developed primarily for pedestrian use and non-motorized riding.

In addition to biking and pedestrian use, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing may be accommodated on specific segments of the trail.

Because the trail is at railroad grade, it will be generally level and accessible to users of all abilities.

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