By Jim Umhoefer
Washington County. About 10 miles north of Hastings at junction of County Hwy 2 and Hwy 21.
Highway map index: K-17.
Bring comfortable walking shoes when you visit Afton State Park because you'll have to hike in order to picnic, camp or swim here. Although only a 40-minute drive from the Twin Cities, Afton offers a solution for traffic snarls and freeway mania: motorless motion. Afton, one of the newer additions to Minnesota's state park system, is still being discovered by visitors.
Those who have already found the trails that plunge into deep ravines and climb up to ridgetops where you can overlook the St. Croix River Valley would prefer that Afton remain their secret, but the news is bound to get out. Read more: