Explore the most popular trails near Hastings with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hastings, Minnesota Map

This is my favorite trail in the MSP metro the 19 miles of this trail are beautiful.

1 month ago

A nice mix between river valley, forest, and prairie. Took me about 2 hours (at a meandering pace).

Beautiful trail, the bluffs are fun but i thought the maps weren’t very clear. Dogs ARE okay if they are leashes. Would definitely do this loop again :)!

Clean. Beautiful views

Trail is well maintained and even lit in most places. The Pros: the lock bridge is a must see. The rapids are gorgeous and the locks placed on the fence is sentimental. The Ruins are also a must see. The ruins are a bit off the beaten path shortly after the bridge but not difficult to find. The rest of the trail was just ok. Nothing super fancy or truly scenic. I'd recommend playing disc golf on the way. The course is gorgeous! Biking would be amazing.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Not fun for mountain biking. Not bad if a hiker though

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

Monday, September 11, 2017

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.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Amazing park for being so closed to the twin cities!

I really like the trails here. They come out right to the river in various spots and which provide great views!

We love taking walks here. The trails are well maintained and easily accessible. There's parking on the falls side and on the old mill side, so the elderly or someone who would enjoy a short walk don't have far to go for a view. For the more adventurous, there are a lot of off road trails to explore. There are small cliffs to climb down to the river in various spots. If you climb down by the ruins, there is a little sandy shore for swimming or wading in shallow water.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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

trail running
Monday, May 29, 2017

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.

Takes a lot less time than you'd think. Lots of winding through the woods. Beautiful in the fall - golden foliage. Only one or two steep parts in the trail.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Love this area!!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

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.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

It was the perfect hike for our family as it was our first family hike with Brody (age 3).

Friday, February 17, 2017


Saturday, February 04, 2017

Beautiful park

Thursday, September 01, 2016

It's a nice place to hike on summer evenings. Very shady on the trails, which are cross country ski trails in winter. I suspect weekends are crowded as there are also playgrounds picnic areas etc.

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.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A very beautiful trail and accessible for young children.

Monday, August 22, 2016

omg I this place is so fun and beautiful I love it here

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!

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Amazing trails! There were lots of benches even in the wooded trails. Perfect hiking for someone trying to get back in shape!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Easy trail well marked wooded areas very enjoyable

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.

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