Afton State Park

Prescott, Wisconsin

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The main trail leaving from the parking lot at Afton State Park is like a promenade leading to the main activity areas of the park. Its wide, paved path leads hikers down an incline along a gradually winding trail past the picnic area and group sites atop a wooded ridge above the river. The ridgetop trail ends at a series of steps that drop the trail quickly to the lowlands along the river. There it continues through lowland forests of spindly maples, ironwoods, ashes, and a dense understory. The trail crosses an unnamed creek (great for wading on those hot, humid days of summer) and opens onto the main path, an old railroad grade that serves as the main trail along the river, before bringing trekkers onto the lower picnic and beach area along the St. Croix River.
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul

by Tom Watson (Menasha Ridge Press)

The main trail leaving from the parking lot at Afton State Park is like a promenade leading to the main activity areas of the park. Its wide, paved path leads hikers down an incline along a gradually winding trail past the picnic area and group sites atop a wooded ridge above the river.

The ridgetop trail ends at a series of steps that drop the trail quickly to the lowlands along the river. There it continues through lowland forests of spindly maples, ironwoods, ashes, and a dense understory. The trail crosses an unnamed creek (great for wading on those hot, humid days of summer) and opens onto the main path, an old railroad grade that serves as the main trail along the river, before bringing trekkers onto the lower picnic and beach area along the St. Croix River.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Prescott
Distance: 4.3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Afton State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Afton State Park

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