Meet our Friends Group Partner

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is proud to act as the fiscal sponsor for
Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association.

As fiscal sponsor, we partner to advance their cause and provide the tools and building blocks to run a nonprofit, including receiving, holding and administering funds on behalf of the friends group.

Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association

Map of MN with Gateway-Brown's Creek State TrailMission

Represent trail users to the DNR and the State Legislature. The two goals of the GBCTA are:

  • Keep the trail safe and well maintained.
  • Encourage trail extensions to William O’Brien State Park, Interstate State Park and on to Duluth

Friends Since


Bicyclist on paved trail approaching a bridge
Jim Schuder/P&TC photo contest
Former president of GBCTA John Oldendorf speaking at P&TC's Day on the Hill
Gateway horses and bikers
The Gateway has portions with a dual track for horses and bicyclists.

Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association


Gateway State Trail – Candlelight Walk

Fri, Jan 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

January 27, 2023

Bicyclists riding at underpass

Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Sat, Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

October 22, 2022

Full Moon Hike

Sun, Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

October 9, 2022

Lift Bridge Brewing company brewing selections

Happy Hour / Trail Fundraiser / Volunteer Appreciation

Tue, Aug 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

August 16, 2022

three skiers

Candlelight Walk

Fri, Jan 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

January 28, 2022

Man in biking outfit stands in tall grass

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Tue, Aug 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

August 10, 2021

Scavenger Hunt Banner

2021 Scavenger Hunts

Tue, Jun 1 – Sun, Sep 12 @ All Day

June 1 – September 12, 2021

a rainbow in chalk on a sidewalk

Pictures, Poems, and Play!

Thu, Apr 22 @ All Day

April 22, 2021
All day

MN Scavenger Hunts

Mon, Jun 15 – Tue, Sep 8 @ All Day

Summer 2020
Until Labor Day

Group walking through prairie and looking at plants

Webinar: Friends Groups & Master Naturalists

Thu, Jul 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

July 23, 2020

Trail Photo Contest

Fri, May 22 – Mon, Jun 1 @ All Day

May 22 – June 1

Bicyclists riding at underpass

[ON HOLD] Spring Expo & Annual General Meeting

Thu, Apr 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

April 30, 2020

Minnesota State Capitol

“Gateway to Scandia Day” at the Capitol

Mon, Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

March 16, 2020

three volunteers building a bench

Trail Bench Building

Sat, Mar 14 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

March 14, 2020

three skiers

GBCTA’s Annual Ski/Snowshoe/Walk and Luncheon

Sat, Feb 1 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Feb. 1, 2020
11:30 AM – 2 PM

Candlelight Walk

Fri, Jan 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Jan. 24, 2020, 5-8pm

paved trail over bridge with sign

Candlelight Walk

Fri, Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

October 18, 2019

Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association


Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association

Our Partner Land Projects

Gateway State Trail Land Projects

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is honored to have worked with Gateway Brown’s Creek Trail Association on several land acquisition.

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Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association

Our Related Advocacy Work

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is a strong voice at the state capital working to ensure Minnesota’s parks and trails are protected and cared for. We work with friends groups to identify critical projects that need government support.


Bicyclists riding at underpass

Gateway: New segment

Gateway: New segment

Build a 3-mile segment from William O’Brien State Park to the Scandia Village Center, including a tunnel under County Road 52.


Bicyclists riding at underpass

Gateway State Trail: Tunnel Crossing

Gateway State Trail: Tunnel Crossing

Improve user safety by constructing a tunnel for the trail to cross under Hadley Ave, which is challenging to cross because the street exceeds 8,000 vehicles per day.

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