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.
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Afton State Park will be closed to the public the first weekend of November for our annual youth deer hunt
The park will close on Friday, November 3rd at 6:00 pm and will re-open on Monday, November 6th at 8:00am. Only registered hunters and their mentors will be allowed in the park at this time.
For alternate plans: William O'Brien State Park, Fort Snelling State Park, and St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, and Lake Elmo Regional Park will be open.
New Campground Trail Work:
Work continues on the new trail leading to the main backpack campground thanks to our hard-working volunteers. The new trail will remain closed until work is complete, and temporary closures of the old trail may be necessary. Barricades will be placed during the closures; please follow posted alternate routes as needed.
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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.
The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Office hours and best time to contact the park:
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Hours may vary depending on staff availability.
6959 Peller Avenue South
Hastings, MN 55033
GPS Address: 6959 Peller Ave S - Hastings, MN 55033