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Afton State Park, Hastings

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  • 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 »
  • 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 int...  more »
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  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Probably some of the best hiking trails near the twin cities. There is actually some elevation in the walking trails and you get to go through prairies, the woods, and probably a mile or so along the river. Also, you can walk the shoreline which is better than the trail. They also have some great events during the winter as well, like Afton Lights.
  • We camped in Bluebird cabin only one night. There was a picnic bench, two movable two person benches and a fire ring with a movable grill, outside. Inside, was an enclosed porch where they set a couple bundles of firewood. If you use it, then you pay for it at check out. You can call and ask for more bundles before you get thete. I did that and the extra time outside was nice. The sleeping area was very nice. One full and 3 twin, very effective heating with thermostat. Trails all about the cabin area, close but not TOO close to out house. Not too far from water spigot. Excellent night sky, very little light pollution. Kids saw more stars than ever!

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