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.
Afton is a great State Park with wonderful pack-in campsites. We stayed in #18 and felt all alone. The hiking itself is personally nothing to write home about. Most of the trails are on a mowed path through prairie, which is just fine for children or those folks not in it for the thrill, necessarily. There is one loop to the southwest of the park that is fairly up, through forest, and slightly more up and down.. I liked this trail but short and, frankly, goes by far too quickly! We were able to see many deer in our couple days camping and hiking here, probably 6 or 7 total!
I hike here all the time with my dog. Busy down by the St. Croix River, so if you're looking for peaceful I'd say stay in the prairies. If you go near sundown you'll see a lot of deer. It's really nice because it's completely open year round, including camping.
Meg P. on Afton Park Trail
Great hike for the area! The trail is more steep and varied as you head down the bluff to the St. Croix river shoreline, which is a nice addition to the overall gentle sloping trail.