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

Horse trails are now closed for the 2017 season.

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 Nov. 9, 2017

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:

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

Park email list:

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Gift cards:

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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.

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


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. - 6 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.