Afton State Park is one of our favorite Minnesota state parks. It offers miles of beautiful hiking, XC skiing, and snowshoeing trails; backpack, camper cabin, and yurt camping; and its hilly terrain offers some amazing views. Located in the St. Croix River Valley it's just a short drive from the Twin Cities and has Afton Alps ski resort as a neighbor. Camping is available year-round and is a great spot to try your hand at winter camping as you're only a mile from the trailhead should things not go as expected. Afton's hilly terrain is what sets it apart from other parks in the area. You won't find better trail running, snowshoeing, or XC skiing in the area. There's even a sledding hill!
Check out our short video on this wonderful resource we have in our backyards:
Afton Trail Maps: here
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