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“Hills, River Valley, Forest - and some challenging hiking”
Review of Afton State Park

Afton State Park
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Hastings
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located near St. Paul, this 1,700 acre-park offers camping, hiking, biking, swimming and cross-country skiing.
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
272 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Hills, River Valley, Forest - and some challenging hiking”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

My family and I have hiked the trails of Afton State Park many times over the years. It is best in the Fall, when the leaves are turning and it is not too hot, but also enjoyable in the Spring (although a bit muddy in places), the Summer (bring water to keep hydrated), and even the Winter (intended for cross country skiing at that point). Most people head North - to the left of the parking area - but I recommend heading South (to the right). You will come upon a plateau of Prairie flowers, a winding path, a descent into the woods, a very steep, rocky path down to the river (sometimes we have stopped for a picnic halfway down), then a lovely walk along the St. Croix River on what was once a railroad line. One day there were people mushrooming, and there are always people with kids and dogs enjoying the walk, with a breeze off of the river. The boats (and their motors) on the river don't create too much noise. Eventually you come to a beach, and then it is time to choose which path back up the hill - and having hiked quite a distance, this is the hard part - but it is exhilirating.

Leaving the park you wind your way out on a narrow road, slowly, with a sense of calm.

Visited October 2012
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Morristown,
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44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“My use of Afton State Park”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

I have Cross Country skiied and hiked and camped in the park. It is neat, well taken care of, and a great state park.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
147 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Close to the Cities”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

For those of you who enjoy the outdoors and Minnesota's State Parks, this one is only about 40 minutes from St. Paul. The hiking is decent, some challenging up hills. You can dip into the St. Croix. The camping is good but you do have to lug your gear up a hill to get to the grounds. The overlooks of the St. Croix are excellent. Its a nice day trip and relaxing place to go.

Visited June 2012
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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“Geo-Caching/Hiking”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

We love hiking in this Park and taking Photos. This they moved the the geo-cache hike to a different part of the park. I really liked the part of thepark used last time.

Visited August 2012
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Minnesota
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94 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“Nice Park”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

Visited and hiked Afton, nice park, the trails could be marked better. Experienced deer feeding above the beach in a meadow. Nice Views of the Mississippi River can be captured on the trail and beach. The only real bad thing I experienced are the big nasty electric lines running through the park and accross the Mississippi into Wisconsin.

Visited August 2012
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