271,765 annual visits
16,282 overnight visits
The best way to learn more about Afton State Park is to stop at the park office for a map and information about the park. See the interpretive exhibits in the visitor center for more information about the vegetation and wildlife resources in the park. The Interpretive Naturalist on staff offers programming throughout the year. Self-guided programs are also available.
Birdwatchers can observe hawks and waterfowl on the St. Croix flyway, bluebirds and meadowlarks in the grasslands, and waves of migratory birds in the floodplain. Deer, fox, and badgers live here along with the thirteen-lined ground squirrel, turkeys, gray and fox squirrels.
The park was established in 1969 to preserve unique natural features and to provide opportunities for nature-oriented recreation.
The park is cut by deep ravines which drop 300 feet to the river. The ravines display spectacular outcrops of sandstone and the rugged terrain affords spectacular views of the St. Croix River Valley.
The park is set in a rolling glacial moraine and bluffland. It contains a combination of oak openings and woodlands. The forests combine upland hardwoods with some pine plantations. Remnant prairies are being expanded and oak savannas are being restored through an aggressive resource management program that makes extensive use of volunteers. Park wildflowers include prairie pasque flowers and woodland ephemerals in the spring; butterfly weed and puccoons on the summer prairie; and sunflowers and blazing star in the fall.