Afton State Park, 6959 Peller Avenue South, Hastings, 55033MN (From St. Paul, go 9 miles east on I-94, then 7 miles south on Highway 95 and 3 miles east on County Road 20.), ☎ 651-436-5391, . Established in 1969 this diverse and scenic State Park hugs the banks of the Saint Croix River. The park, which consists of nearly 1,700 acres, provides an excellent refuge from the more concentrated and suburbanized atmosphere of the inner-ring East-metro communities. With miles of trails, a plethora of campsites and year round access to the transcendent beauty of the Saint Croix River, Afton State Park is more than worth being integrated into the afternoon itinerary of any visitor to the Twin Cities area.
Catfish Saloon, 3291 St. Croix Tr. S. PO Box 326 Afton, MN 55001. This little restaurant spot is a decent place to grab a quick bite, although don't go in looking for innovation or the latest in culinary artistry. Beers, burger, ribs and fries constitute a majority of the menu. The restaurant is located inside the Afton House Inn, so, if things get a little hazy you can always get a room and sleep it off.
Afton House Inn, 3291 St. Croix Tr. S. PO Box 326 Afton, MN 55001.
Afton is perhaps one of the safest and most benign communities that you will ever visit -with non-existent levels of violent crime and a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is exciting and refreshing. The most significant threat to public safety comes from the high level of deer that are native to the surrounding forests. It is not uncommon to have a nighttime drive interrupted by a shocking jolt of adrenaline due to these impish mammals suddenly appearing on the side of darkened road. Constant vigilance is strongly suggested during the night in order to avoid a costly accident.