We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Afton State Park

Great hiking trails. Great place for a picnic and some family time. My kids loved it! I would... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2018
Kaleif O
Woodbury, Minnesota
Afton State Park

This is a wonderful place to spend a day picnicking with friends, walking in the park or spend some... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota
via mobile
Read all 89 reviews
All photos (94)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“croix river”(16 reviews)
“hiking trails”(7 reviews)
“twin cities”(10 reviews)
Located near St. Paul, this 1,700 acre-park offers camping, hiking, biking, swimming and cross-country skiing.
6959 Peller Ave S, Hastings, MN 55033-9474
+1 651-436-5391
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 23 August 2014

We hiked Afton 3 weekends in a row training for backpacking the Superior Hiking Trail. Our experience was great. The trails are well labeled and you can easily download the map from online. We wrote out mile by mile descriptions for anyone looking to do...More

9  Thank Maurina and Bla... R
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 3 September 2017

We drove out to this park but there was no one at the welcome center and when we started into the park it stated that you had to pay and get a parking permit. Not being use to having to pay to get into a...More

2  Thank Duquesnegirl
Reviews (89)
Filter reviews
89 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews croix river hiking trails twin cities camper cabins fall colors nice amenities flat trail half mile pack a lunch paved path group camp great trails visitor's center backpacking prairie camping sites
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 89 reviews
Reviewed 24 September 2018

Great hiking trails. Great place for a picnic and some family time. My kids loved it! I would recommend this park especially during fall the colors are amazing.

Thank Kaleif O
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to spend a day picnicking with friends, walking in the park or spend some days and nights at the hike in only campground. Wonderful views of the wild St. Croix River and surrounding woods.

Thank SaintPaulTraveler
Reviewed 12 September 2018

Hiked the Hiking Club trail here. The trail was very well marked and easy to follow. The first half (going down) is nice, with a beautiful view of the St Croix valley and meandering along the creek at the bottom. The second half is pretty...More

Thank SonofAslan
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

This state park is perfect. Miles of hiking trails with elevation, water access and beautiful sites. I would highly recommend this park! There are camping sites aplenty- some backpack in, some group sites, a couple of yurts... something for everyone and just a short trek...More

Thank askelly24
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

While this well-used state park is close to the Twin Cities, it doesn’t appear to be well loved by staff. The front sign is in a terrible condition. There are a few activities in the nature building and great restrooms. I’d live to sit a...More

Thank islandinthemist
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

This is one of the many state parks in Minnesota. The park ($7/vehicle for 1 day pass) is not only beautiful like other state parks in MN, but also unique as in the followings: It is established on one bank of a River - the...More

1  Thank 461dequanc
Reviewed 2 August 2018

Afton has a lot of trails to keep you hiking. The trail that follows the river is shady on a hot summer day. Their trail maps are terrible and sometimes inacurate.

Thank Marge R
Reviewed 23 July 2018

I walk a lot in Afton State Park - every season is beautiful. Today, I happened to get a picture of the black bear that has been seen in the area lately. Fortunately from a distance - maybe 100 yards. I saw the bear just...More

Thank jcschultz01
Reviewed 16 July 2018

We just stayed two nights in Afton's camper cabins with three other families. What a great first-time camping experience! The cabins have a screened in porch, little table with bench seating, ceiling fan, and two bunk beds each a twin over full bed. ADA cabins...More

1  Thank karen k
Reviewed 26 June 2018

There are many great trails throughout this park! This includes riverside, forest and prairie trails. If you would like a fun challenge, hike from the river trail up to the prairie and back down to the river trail. Where the prairie meets the forest, you...More

1  Thank Autumn028
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 4 nearby hotels
River Heights Motel
17 reviews
10.32 km away
Best Western Plus Campus Inn
269 reviews
12.19 km away
Country Inn River Falls
72 reviews
12.62 km away
Quality Inn
80 reviews
12.66 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 56 nearby restaurants
49 reviews
5.41 km away
53 reviews
5.65 km away
Afton House Inn
61 reviews
5.65 km away
Stone's Throw
35 reviews
5.12 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 27 nearby attractions
Calla Lily Day Spa
9 reviews
5.55 km away
Afton * Hudson Cruise Lines
50 reviews
5.65 km away
Kinnickinnic State Park
12 reviews
3.86 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
21 June 2018|
Response from Palmtrees21 | Reviewed this property |
2 September 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from jcschultz01 | Reviewed this property |
MN State parks require either a daily or a yearly sticker. $7/day or $35/year.
10 August 2017|
Response from jcschultz01 | Reviewed this property |
No. Hike in camping only. I think there is a KOA in Woodbury if you want to stay there and hike in Afton State park. You can buy a MN State park sticker to hike Afton State park, get a day pass OR park on the south... More