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Afton State Park

6959 Peller Ave S, Hastings, MN 55033-9474
+1 651-436-5391
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Couldn't Get In

We drove out to this park but there was no one at the welcome center and when we started into the... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2017
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Quiet and peaceful

All the camp sites here are backpacking sites so bring the lightest gear you have based on your... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2017
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Located near St. Paul, this 1,700 acre-park offers camping, hiking, biking, swimming and cross-country skiing.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“croix river” (15 reviews)
“hiking trails” (7 reviews)
“ski area” (4 reviews)
6959 Peller Ave S, Hastings, MN 55033-9474
+1 651-436-5391
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Reviewed 2 September 2017

We drove out to this park but there was no one at the welcome center and when we started into the park it stated that you had to pay and get a parking permit. Not being use to having to pay to get into a...More

Thank Duquesnegirl
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

All the camp sites here are backpacking sites so bring the lightest gear you have based on your individual strength. A small cooler is fine but won't recommend the big Coleman gas grills with their heavy propane tanks. There's a decent uphill path which makes...More

2  Thank nbuzz
Reviewed 11 August 2017

This is one of my favorite state parks because it's located about 30 minutes from the Twin Cities and it has a wide variety of hiking trails from biking trails near the visitor's center to relatively flat walking trails along the St. Croix river to...More

Thank Cleveland926
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Being so close to the city I expected a busy and crowded park. What I found was the complete opposite. Afton has many backpacking sites and a few go up sites. Also they have a yurt and camper cabins. The cabins have electric but no...More

Thank dr_foucault
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

One of my favorite easy hiking spots. If you are not into hiking, it is a great place to just sit by the river and watch a few the boats go by away from others. You can rent a cabin and cook out or just...More

Thank SuzieEss
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Walked down to the St.Croix River and went to the beach. Then took the trail back along the river, then up through the prairie area. Lots of choices for people,bike paths, walking only, beach area for families, flat, scenery, camping. Can't go wrong on a...More

Thank jammerspot
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

The yurt is so amazing. My kids loved it!! Swimming fishing and camp fires not far from home. The yurt has no electricity but has a wood burning stove for warmth if needed. There are 6 beds. Very cute place

Thank anderjen87
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Afton State Park is a unique place. My dog and I usually spend at least 5 hours there a week hiking the trails and the dog lives to splash around in Trout Brook. We always come in the "back" or unofficial entrance which is about...More

2  Thank jcschultz01
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

We like to head to Afton for the camping. Sites are pretty spread out and you don't usually hear your neighbors (if you do they are the Boy Scouts and they tend to quiet quickly). Most sites are only a mile from parking, but it's...More

Thank Kafroppi
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Winter camping at its finest! Very comfortable, but don't expect the tiny woodstove to actually provide any heat. Plan to wear your warm outdoor clothing inside.

Thank Deb R
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Jamie M
1 September 2017|
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Response from nbuzz | Reviewed this property |
MN State Parks require annual or daily pass for vehicles. However, Voyageurs National Park up north in Minnesota does not.
10 August 2017|
Response from jcschultz01 | Reviewed this property |
No. Hike in camping only. I think there is a KOA in Woodbury if you want to stay there and hike in Afton State park. You can buy a MN State park sticker to hike Afton State park, get a day pass OR park on the south... More
30 July 2017|
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Response from jcschultz01 | Reviewed this property |
there are 4 miles of paved bike trails. Mostly from the park entrance to the north end of the park partially along the old railroad bed with good views of the river. If you can, walk up to the south end of the Prairie... More