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Afton State Park Guided Walk
Saturday, October 29

AVA Sanction ID #121266

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Group walk definitions

The Shufflers
This group will do
just one loop and is the slow walking group that
will stop at the top of hills to catch their breath, wait for pictures to be taken, and generally take their time and “smell the autumn leaves.”

The Scooters
This group will be divided into faster
and slower groups, if needed, leaving about 5 minutes apart. The group will move along at a pretty average pace. It will stop
when group members feel a need and will definitely not be breaking any speed laws.

The Batsouttahell — This is the fast
group who may stop
to read a marker or take a picture, but basically are very
fast walkers.

Walkers are encouraged to
walk with the group most closely resembling their
style and ability
of walking. We
want our group
walks to be fun
for everyone!

This is a guided
walk and
to AVA policies,
all walkers must
walk in a group with
a group leader. No exceptions can be made as walkers on their own could represent a liability to NSTT and AVA
if they are injured
on the trail.


Start/finish: Visitor Center.

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Announcements at 9:45. The Scooters (see walk group definitions to left) will start at 10 a.m. The Batsouttahell will start at approximately 10:15 and the Shufflers at 10:45 a.m. Note: Late arrivals will have to wait for the Scooters or Batsouttahell to return and join them on their second loop, or join the Shufflers 4km group.
The Trail

Sanctioned for 10km.

6km: south from visitor center along grassy ski trail to flat hiking trail to South Camp area and shelter, then down a wide rocky trail to St. Croix River, along paved trail, then steps up or paved trail back up to Visitor Center. Hiking poles helpful.

4km: north along Hiking Club Trail past picnic area and overlook, then south along wide trail adjacent to ski area and back to Visitor Center. Trail is gently rolling. Hiking poles helpful uphill.

4km flat trail for Shufflers only: a flat trail south adjacent to beginning portion of 6km trail, upland only, with a lollipop trail to campground area and back to visitor center.

We ask that you print the registration sheet linked below,
fill it out and bring it to the event along with your payment.

This will decrease the handling of money.
If you pay cash please bring exact change.

See the COVID-19 Safey Sheet on

Event Award

Eastern Meadowlark leather pin, $8; IVV event book credit, $3; walk only, $2.


Event Contacts

For more information call Julie Bjorklund, 612-868-9065 or Wayne Heath, 651-249-8886.

NSTT  Annual Meeting and Lunch

After the walk join us for a potluck lunch, our annual meeting and lots of door prizes!
Bring along a dish to share — appetizers, salads, casseroles, bread, desserts ... whatever ...
and your own beverage.

NSTT provides the paper products and eating utensils.

Directions to the start area

6959 Peller Ave S., Hastings, MN 55033. From St. Paul: east 9 miles on I94 to Manning Ave (MN 95), south 7 miles to 70th St. S, east 3 miles to park. Approx 22 miles from downtown St. Paul. Located in Washington County.


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Last updated: December 2021