Afton Park Trail is a 8.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hastings, MN that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
A fav park 4 snowshoeing 2!! The park has something 4 every active outdoor enthusiast :)
A fav park! Gr8 all 4 seasons of the yr :)).
Great trail with river views and sandy beaches for lunch. Trail generally easy with some moderate inclines along the bluff.