Afton State Park is one of the best state parks in Minnesota. Set along the St. Croix River, it offers more than 20 miles of hiking trails in the summer and 12 miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails in the winter.
St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota (Twin Cities) rank #2 and #3 in the nation for the best parks. A local shares her favorite hiking trails, nature trails, and urban walking tours at dozens of parks within 50 miles of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Perfect for when you need to connect with nature on a staycation or visiting the Twin Cities. Pin this post for regular updates. Updated: June 2, 2023