Afton State Park

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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.


Visitor Alert

Planning Ahead:

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.

Park Notes

Virtual tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park! Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Park newsletter:

Sign up to receive Afton's newsletter by e-mail

Gift cards:

Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.

GPS units:

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.

Birders:

Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Afton State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Backpack Camping

tree Fishing

tree Swimming

tree Prairie Landscape

tree Hiking

tree Cross-Country Skiing


Hours

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.

Contact

6959 Peller Avenue South
Hastings, MN 55033

tel: 651-436-5391

fax: 651-436-6912

email: afton.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

GPS Address: 6959 Peller Ave S - Hastings, MN 55033

From St. Paul:

Go 9 miles east on I-94 to exit #253, then 7 miles south on Highway 95, then 3 miles east on County Road 22.

From Hudson:

Go 2 miles west on I-94 to exit #258, then 8 miles south on St. Croix Trail (County Road 21), then east on County Road 22 for 0.5 miles.

From Hastings:

Go 2 miles north on US Hwy 61, then take a right onto State Hwy 95 and head north for 5 miles. Turn right onto County Road 22 and go east for 3 miles.