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Afton State Park

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Where to go: The view of the valley from a distance shows a surprising array of colors in the oaks. And walking the trails gives you a close up view of the variety of colors in the leaves still on the trees.

What you'll see: Most of the maples have now lost the color they had, which was a disappointment this year. There still is a wide variety of shades of brown and tan in the oaks trees, and some lighter color is added by the yellow from the birch and aspen trees still holding leaves.

Also of interest: Flocks of Bluebirds, Blue Jays and Juncos can be seen around the park. Waterfowl seem to be more active as do the whitetail deer. The Youth Deer Hunt will be held on November 9 and 10, 2013. The park will close at 6 pm on Nov. 8 and re-open at 8 am on Nov. 11, 2013.

Last updated: October 30, 2013 

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Canít decide between a one-day or year-round park permit? The DNR has a special offer that can help. Start by purchasing a one-day permit for $5 and visit as many state parks as possible. After visiting the state parks, trade in the one-day permit by the end of that day and get $5 off the purchase of a year-round permit. Year-round permits, which cost $25, provide unlimited access to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.
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Getting there

6959 Peller Avenue South
Hastings, MN 55033

From St. Paul, go 9 miles east on I-94, then 7 miles south on Highway 95 and 3 miles east on County Road 20.


Phone: 651-436-5391

Email: afton.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.