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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

Plan Ahead:

Afton State Park will be closed to the general public starting at 6 PM Friday, November 4th through 8 AM Monday, November 7th for a special youth deer hunt. For more information, visit hunting in state parks.

Horse Trails will close for the season at 10 PM on Sunday, October 30th.

2016 Reservations changes

  • All campsites at this park are reservable.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.

Mountain bike trails at Afton Alps are no longer open.

Visit ParkFinder or Summer Activities Guide for an overview of summer recreation opportunities available statewide.

Park Notes

Things to see and do at the park:

Need ideas? Here's park staff's list of top stops at the park!

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

Remote wildlife cameras:

Afton State Park is part of the "Taking Action Opportunities" program that uses remote cameras to monitor wildlife. Learn more...

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.


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


Best time to contact the park:

Friday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; but varies depending on staff availability


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.