Where to go: The trails through the oak trees and along the more sheltered valeys still have plenty of color to see. The views of the river valley have reached the peak of color change for the oaks that make up most of the tree cover. The overlook on the north end of the park provides sweeping views of the St. Croix River valley.
What you'll see: The windy conditions over the past days have blown many of the lesves off of the trees on to the trail. Many of the oak trees still have their leaves and this year they are particularly red and vibrant. Yellow and red leaves can still be seen in the park along the trails along the St Croix river where the wind has had less effect.
Also of interest: Fall Color Walk, Oct 13 at 10 a.m.; Trail Bike Ride Oct 16 at 10 a.m. along the Gateway Trail. Call 651-231-6968 for information or www.mndnr.gov/afton.Last updated: October 16, 2012
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6959 Peller Avenue South
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.
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