Afton is a city in Washington County, Minnesota. The population was 2,886 at the 2010 census.It is located on a small bay where Valley Creek empties into the St. Croix River several miles north of the confluence with the Mississippi River.
Afton is well known for Afton Alps, the largest ski and snowboard area in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. It is also home to Afton State Park, a popular park on the St. Croix River. Due to these two destinations and the quaint small-town appearance in a major metropolitan area, Afton receives a fair amount of local tourism in the form of day trips. Jessica Diggins, 2018 U.S. Winter Olympic Gold Medalist cross country skier, hails from Afton.
According to the Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.42 square miles 25.05 square miles is land and 1.37 square miles is water. Main routes include Hudson Road, County Roads 18, 21, and 71; and Minnesota Highway 95. Afton borders Lake St. Croix Beach, Lakeland, and St. Mary’s Point to the east. It also borders West Lakeland Township to the north, Denmark Township to the south, and Woodbury to the west.
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