Afton State Park
Grand oaks and delicate prairie flowers grace the rugged, rolling landscape of this park. Trails traverse remnant and restored prairies, wind down deep ravines and rise up to the grassy ridgetops and bluffs overlooking the scenic St. Croix River. The trails are perfect for hikers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers. The park offers visitors a swimming beach, backpack campsites and a visitor center with interpretive displays.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
St. Croix Trail (Washington County Road 21) is currently undergoing a resurfacing project. Expect some delays/temporary closures if you plan to travel along this route. A recommended alternative for approaching the park from the north or south is to use State Highway 95, and then east 70th Street (County Road 22).
(Updated June 12, 2015)
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Things to see and do at the park:
Need ideas? Here's park staff's list of top stops at the park!
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Remote wildlife cameras:
Afton State Park is part of the "Taking Action Opportunities" program that uses remote cameras to monitor wildlife. Learn more...
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GPS units are free to checkout at the park. Come try out Afton State Park's four stage geocache - it's fun for the whole family! If you want to check out a GPS unit during the week, please call the office a day ahead of time so we can ensure someone will be in the office to give you a unit.
Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Afton State Park.
Bird Checklist at Afton State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Friday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday - Thursday: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
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.