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.

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Visitor Alert

Hiking Trail Conditions:

Trails are icy in some areas, ice cleats are recommended.

Ski Trail Grooming Update:

Trails were groomed on 2/4/18. Click here for a detailed ski trail report. Groomed/tracked ski trails are closed to hiking and snowshoeing, but there are nearly 12 miles of designated hiking/snowshoe trails in the park.

Local weather forecasts can be found by clicking here.

Cabin & Yurt Drinking Water:

The water source near the camper cabins and yurts will be unavailable for the rest of the season due to a frozen water line. Drinking water is available at the park Visitor Center.

New Campground Trail Work:

Work on the new campground trail has wrapped up for the 2017 season, and will resume again next spring. The new trail is now open and available for use.

Updated Feb. 8, 2018

Park Notes

Naturalist programs

Scheduled programs are based on the park's natural, cultural, and recreational resources and are offered throughout the year. Please check the events calendar for details.

Virtual tour

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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.

Only use approved firewood!

Help prevent the spread of tree-killing insects by burning only approved firewood, available at all Minnesota State Parks.


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


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. - 4 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Hours may vary depending on staff availability, especially on weekdays.


6959 Peller Avenue South
Hastings, MN 55033

tel: 651-436-5391

fax: 651-436-6912


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.