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.

walking
3 months ago

It was so beautiful! It’s worth it! Especially when we went during this fall season! Gorgeous view and peaceful noise! People around us were friendly. The walk was good!

One of the best State Parks south of "up north". The overlook on the north side is worth the climb up.

There's a lot of differing terrain. From prairie walks to rock-laden trails. It was a peaceful surprise for a park so close to a metro area.

Amazing park for being so closed to the twin cities!

hiking
6 months ago

I've been here before on the northern part. This time I went to the south of the visitor center and went on the Deer Valley loop. I had to walk on pavement for about 1.5 miles to get to the actual hike, but it was worth it. The terrain varies from relatively flat/sloping meadows to steep ravines. I really enjoyed the southern-most portion of the trail. My total distance on foot was about 4.4 miles.

The trail is labeled, and the map is decent. But the trail markings and the map markings don't match, so I had to look at the map pretty often.

I brought my neighbors' dog, and she had a blast. It's busy here on weekends, but I only saw a few people here today.

lots of mosquitos due to swamps and river but miles of trails. lots of wildflowers.

trail running
8 months ago

One of the best trails in the area. Being from the PNW and living in MN was difficult but this park/trail helped cope. Would go here all the time to trail run, hike and even introduced the kids to backpacking here.

You have a lot of options here, some paved, some natural. The Deer trail is very wooded and lovely. My big complain is the ridiculous trail marking. Not well marked. Almost every sign has different info and the map is different as well.

hiking
Friday, February 17, 2017

Beautiful

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Beautiful park

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
Saturday, August 13, 2016

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
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, April 04, 2016

Nice hike

trail running
Friday, September 11, 2015

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.

Monday, September 07, 2015

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

Monday, July 13, 2015

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.

hiking
Monday, September 22, 2014

Beautiful park!

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