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.

Just awesome trails and ACTUAL hiking as opposed to walking in the woods. The camping is also great with sites spread far apart and a solid hike in.

hiking
3 months ago

Love the beach area

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!

hiking
6 months ago

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.

Trails have something for all skill levels...set the pace and you'll be satisfied.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike

hiking
1 year ago

trail running
1 year ago

it should be called buckthorn State Park but it is a beautiful park with a lot of other plants and animals with aggressive train options. The Prairie atop the bluff is beautiful this time of year.

nice hike. pretty wild flowers, water and views. not to difficult. did 4 Miles with two pomeranians. they are tired but did great.

This is a great park not far from the Twin Cities. Hiking is nice with varied terrain. Trails are all easy, with a steeper grade now and then. It's a great place to get away for a few hours, especially if you live in the Twin Cities.

walking
1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

Beautiful park!

hiking
3 years ago

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.

hiking
4 years ago

A fav park 4 snowshoeing 2!! The park has something 4 every active outdoor enthusiast :)

hiking
4 years ago

hiking
4 years ago

A fav park! Gr8 all 4 seasons of the yr :)).

hiking
4 years ago

Great trail with river views and sandy beaches for lunch. Trail generally easy with some moderate inclines along the bluff.