Heated camper cabins now open at Afton State Park

Two new camper cabins, heated and wired with electricity, have
opened at Afton State Park near a bluff overlooking the St. Croix
River.

The White Pine and Bur Oak cabins are located by the park’s
group campsite. The new cabins, one of which is accessible, are
available year-round at a cost of $50 per night, smoke-free, and
sleep up to six people. Two more camper cabins will open in the
coming months.

Afton State Park, set in bluff land and a rolling glacial
moraine, is an ideal place for visitors to take full advantage of
the winter wonderland. Since 1969, the park has provided unique
opportunities for nature-oriented recreation. Trails traverse
remnant and restored prairies, wind down deep ravines and rise up
to ridge tops overlooking the scenic St. Croix River.

There are now 70 camper cabins at 25 Minnesota state parks and
recreation areas. The one-room camper cabins provide a basic
shelter for visitors who want a “camping out” experience but may
not have the necessary equipment for typical camping. The 12-foot
by 16-foot wooden cabins contain a table, benches, and wooden
bunk-bed frames with mattresses.

Visitors staying at camper cabins need to bring their own
sleeping bags or other bedding. They can do their cooking outside
at the fire ring, which has a grill, or—in the cabins with
electricity, like those at Afton State Park—they can bring a crock
pot or coffee maker for use inside. The camper cabins do not have
indoor plumbing, but drinking water and vault toilets are open
year-round.

Afton State Park is located 20 miles southeast of the Twin
Cities metro area on the St. Croix River. Camper cabin reservations
can be made up to a year in advance online at stayatmnparks.com or by calling
866-85PARKS (866-857-2757). For more information about Afton State
Park, visit mnstateparks.info.

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