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Afton State Park, Hastings

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  • We went last week when it was -7 with a wind and skied about 8 miles. We warmed up down in the trees and then headed up top. They were grooming as we skied just after a big snow and it was fantastic. ...  more »
  • We like to stay in a camper cabin at least once a year. This year we chose Afton,good choice. We had a wonderful time at the Home for the Holidays celebrations in near by Stillwater then retreated to ...  more »
  • Brought out the family to see the fall colors. I was hoping for a nice winding trail though some maples, but instead ended hiking a little less than 4 miles. Our trail took us along the river to the b...  more »
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  • A variety of different hiking trails from flat rolling trails to steeper, trails with more rocks and treenroots that take you down to the river. Beautiful viewpoints of the river valley, quiet forested areas, and grassy plains. Walk in camp sites are spread out so you can have more privacy than most State Park camp sites. Highly recommend.
  • What a great chunk of land! Great views from the hill tops to the rivers edge. A very diverse park with grass lands, heavy wooded areas, to the rivers edge. Very clean trail systems and camping on the hill is great! Except for the cutting of the wood and walking it to camp. Maybe a wheel barrow could be kept there?
  • I really love Afton. It's a favorite close to home escape. The hike in camps are great, scares away anyone who doesn't want to work a little. And recently my teens and I have really enjoyed the Yurts in the winter. An easy winter escape.
  • Afton state park is one of the best parks in the Twin Cities. If you live on the east side of the twin cities it is at most a 25 minutes drive. The trails are perfect for both a short and long day hikes and you can either hit the prairie trails or the river trails for a different feel. They also have some very nice picnic facilities near the visitor center and the beach area. Perfect for a family excursion. This park can get a bit busy as it is so close, so plan accordingly.
  • Cannot get enough of this park. Love the fact it's so close to the cities but takes you away from everything instantly. Great hikes all around this massive park. The old rail trail along the river, to the climb upwards to the peak viewing sight, glorious everytime. Have yet to actually camp here but tend to home for 4-6 hours each time I visit.
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