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Afton State Park: North and South Loop

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Afton State Park

Afton State Park: North and South Loop is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hastings, Minnesota that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.0 mi Elevation gain 656 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Running Forest River Views Wild flowers
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Alexandra Dorris
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Great trail with nice variety. I was able to keep social distance.

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Mike Lawrence
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Kris Carl
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Very nice hike!

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Bria Lidstone
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I went when the lots were full, but still was easily able to maintain social distance and enjoy the park!

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Connha Classon
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Trails are great. Mixture of paved, gravel and grass. Lots of changes in elevation. Walk by the river was beautiful, and so were the woods! Saw two deer on our travels. South loop was less busy than north loop. Everything was well marked and maintained.

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Nate Thompson
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Butterflies and Turkeys and Deer! Oh my! This trail is great if you get bored with common scenery. The trail is mostly covered, of the trail is in the wood, several portions dip into wildflower laden prairie, and there is a long stretch along the St. Croix river. The trail has two large hills, each about 250ft in elevation, but the rest is fairly rolling or flat. We encountered countless butterflies, dragonflies and birds, a few wild turkeys, and even a few deer within close proximity. On this 7mile hike we encountered less than 13 people total. Very quiet and great workout!

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Ted Meyer
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Caught a beautiful day. Very well-maintained park and easily navigated.

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Michelle Corkran
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We went out this passed Monday and did the north loop. It was beautiful! No one else in the prairie with us. Trails were very well maintained. Will definitely be back!

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Crystal Poppe
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Amazing views! At one point there’s a sign that says scenic overlook. It’s just off this marked trail and worth the extra few steps. Saw an owl and loads of deer. The trail wasn’t crowded at all (I did go on a Thursday) very well maintained.

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KC Connors
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Very muddy and really crowded. We are all looking to get out, keep our social distance and enjoy the first days of spring.

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Will Moses
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Most of this trail is paved with the south and East portions of this trail are not. Pretty easy with some elevation changes that make it fun.

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Tommy Holt
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Bryce Mazur
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Really beautiful state park, didn't hike a specific trail, more just combined several loops, which is one of the nice things, you can easily add on a little bit more if you want, or can cut it short, there's a lot of connecting trails. When I went the trail was completely packed snow, so unless there's fresh snowfall or looking to hike off trail, not any need for showshoes. Can get a lot of diversity in this park too, I hoped through prairies, riverside, forrested w/a stream. Really great place, will come back again.

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Vitaly Dzyadzyulya
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Erin Schaffer
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Sam Nord
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Mary Lewy
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Yee Xiong
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Gretta Sheehan
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Justin Taylor
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Shiva Sathi
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Beau Fandel
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Chris Tangert
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Jennifer Lee
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Roberto Perez
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Audra Urbanski
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Josh Rosenow
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Alex Walsh
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Graeme Young
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P B
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