Hastings lies at the junction of the Mississippi, St. Croix, and Vermillion rivers, which serve as a stunning backdrop for hiking, biking, picnicking or
Vermillion Falls boating.  Hastings also boasts beautiful public parks, several golf courses and a host of other recreational possibilities.

PARKS

Spring Lake Park just northwest of the city features hiking and cross-country ski trails and the spectacular Schaar's Bluff Picnic Area.  More riverside hiking trails area available at nearby Afton State Park, along with challenging mountain bike trails and backpack camping overlooking the St. Croix River.

Beautiful, spring-fed Lake Rebecca offers picnicking and fishing just a short distance from the Mississippi, a great stopover on your way down the Great River Road.  And to the east, the St. Croix River widens before it joins the 
Mississippi, making our Point Douglas Beach the perfect spot for water fun.

  • AFTON STATE PARK - 651.436.5391
    Northeast of Hastings on the bluffs of the St. Croix River, the park offers hiking, mountain bike and cross-country ski trails, picnic grounds, hike-in campsites and a secluded swimming beach accessible by trail only. Visit www.dnr.state.mn.us for more information.
  • SPRING LAKE PARK RESERVE - 952.891.7000
    A Dakota County Park with hiking and cross-country ski trails, archery trail, picnic grounds and model airplane flying field.  Schaar's Bluff Picnic Area offers  a stunning view of the Mississippi.
  • VERMILLION FALLS
    Located just off of Highway 61 on 21st Street East, the park is a treasure for picnics, exploring, and, of course, viewing the spectacular Vermillion Falls and limestone ravine.  Picnic shelter, grills, hiking and bike trails.

BOATING THE WATERS

Boating opportunities on the Mississippi and St, Croix Rivers abound, offering public dockage for visiting boaters.  A free public boat launch is available at Jaycee Park on Spring Street nearby Lock & Dam #2.  Please Note:  During Bridge Constuction, Hub's Landing & Marina and King's Cove Marina will both have continued access to their properties.

Fishing, canoeing and electric-powered boating is allowed on lovely Lake Rebecca; in fact many canoeists use it as a portage around Lock and Dam #2.

Fishing boats, pontoons and runabout rentals are available at Great River Boat Rental, 651.438.9999.

Canoeing & tubing are also available on the Cannon River, near the neighboring village of Welch, Minnesota.

CRUISES

A perfect way to spend a relaxing day or evening is aboard a boat cruising the St. Croix or Mississippi Rivers.  For more information on a delightful lunch, cocktail, dinner or sightseeing cruise, contact one of the following businesses.

GOLFING

Area golf courses offer a place to perfect your swing, each with its own unique features. 
(The following courses are in Hastings unless otherwise indicated)

Golf

Afton Alps Ski & Golf
6600 Peller Avenue South
Hastings, MN 55033
651.436.5245 (ski)
651.436.1320 (golf)
www.aftonalps.com
Bellwood Oaks Golf Course
13239 210th Street East
Hastings, MN 55033
651.437.4141
www.bellwoodoaksgolf.com
Clifton Hollow Golf Club
W12166 820th Avenue
River Falls, WI  54022
800.487.8879, 715.425.9781
www.cliftonhollow.com
Emerald Greens Golf Course
14425 Goodwin Avenue
Hastings, MN 55033
651.480-8558
www.emeraldgreensgolf.com
Gopher Hills Golf Course
26155 Nicolai Avenue
Cannon Falls, MN  55009
507.263.2507
888.487.6634
www.gopherhills.com
Hastings Country Club
2015 Westview Drive
651.437.4612, 651.437.6483
www.hastingscountryclub.org
Hidden Greens Golf Course
12977 200th Street East
651.437.3085
www.hiddengreensgolf.com
River Oaks Municipal Golf
11099 South Highway 61
Cottage Grove, MN  55016
651.438.2121
www.riveroaksmunigolf.com
Mississippi Dunes Golf Links
10351 Grey Cloud Trail
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
651.768.7611
www.mississippidunes.com

DISC GOLF COURSE  
The scenic 18 hole disc golf course is located at C. P. Adams Park one half mile east of Highway 61 on State Highway 291. ( 1301 18th St. E. ) The course is open during all daylight hours and is free for the public to use. Maintained by the Hastings Parks & Recreation Department it is complete with dual tees, chain basket goals and tee markers. Information can be obtained by calling 651-480-6175. To download a map of the course, click here.

SKIING

Hastings is fortunate to be the midpoint between two downhill ski areas. 
Afton Alps Ski & Golf
, is nestled in the rolling hills of the scenic St. Croix River Valley to the north.  For information call 651.436.5245 or visit www.aftonalps.com.
Welch Village Ski Area
, south of Hastings, features runs overlooking the picturesque Cannon River and Belle Creek valleys. For further information on Welch Village call 651.258.4567 or visit www.welchvillage.com

OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

ALEXIS BAILLY VINEYARD - 651.437.1413
18200 Kirby Avenue, Hastings
Alexis Bailly Vineyard
Founded in 1973, Alexis Bailly Vineyard was the first to make wine with 100% Minnesota grown grapes.   Come see where the Bailly's have buried their vines to help them survive Minnesota's frigid winter.  Open weekends June through mid-November for wine tasting. Visit www.abvwines.com for more information.

EXTREME SANDBOX - 855.344.4386
1901 Glendale Road, Hastings

Extreme Sandbox is the only heavy equipment adventure in the Midwest!  Experience the thrill of operating heavy equipment in a safe and controlled environment.  Expert instructors guide you through structured activites and obstacle courses.  Let the kid in you play!
Visit www.extremesandbox.com for more information.

HASTINGS TRAIL SYSTEM
The City of Hastings
The City of Hastings has a 15 mile bituminous trail system that loops the City.   Parking access for the trail is located at Jaycee Park, Levee Park and Vermillion Falls Park.  The scenic bike trail allows impressive views of the Vermillion River, Lake Isabel, Lake Rebecca and the Mississippi River.  To download a map of the trail or take a tour click here.
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CANNON VACannon Valley TrailLLEY TRAIL

20-mile hiking, biking and cross-country ski trail near the Cannon River.  Wheel passes available at stations along the trail. For more information visit www.cannonvalleytrail.com




CNC logoCARPENTER ST. CROIX VALLEY NATURE CENTER - 651.437.4359
12805 St. Croix Trail, Hastings

Once an estate and apple orchard, the Nature Center now offers daily access to over 15 miles of self guided trails overlooking the scenic St. Croix River.  A natural habitat for great blue herons and bald eagles.  For more information visit www.carpenternaturecenter.org.

LEDUC HISTORIC ESTATE - 651.552.7548
17th & Vermillion Street, Hastings

The house of General William and Mary LeDuc was inspired by Andrew Jackson Downing's famous 1847 architectural plan book Cottage Residences.  The estate is open from May - October and most holidays. For days and times, please call (651) 437-7055.  For more information visit www.dakotahistory.org
|Group tours available year round with reservations. 

LOCK & DAM NO. 2 - 651.437.3150
Lock & Dam Road, Hastings

Boats coming through the Lock and Dam are raised or lowered twelve feet as more than six million gallons of water pass through tunnels into the gates.  An observation platform is available for visitors to view the great barges passing on their way from St. Paul to St. Louis.  In addition, thousands of pleasure craft, from canoes to cruisers, use this lock and dam each year.

Treasure IslandTREASURE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO - 800.222.7077
5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN 55089

Treasure Resort & Casino is the only casino resort in southern Minnesota located on the Mississippi River. Treasure Island offers guests some of the best gaming, accommodations, food service and nationally known entertainment.  Treasure Island's Caribbean themed facility features over 2,500 slots, 42 blackjack tables, eight carnival games, a 10-table poker room, and a 500 seat high stakes bingo hall. Casino guests can relax in Treasure Island's luxurious 480 room hotel and take in a show at the 3,000-seat Island Event and Convention Center.  Additional guest amenities include a 137-slip marina, 95-site RV-park, a 120 passenger yacht and Island Xtreme Bowl, a 24 BrunswickTM Lane bowling alley, arcade and lounge. Treasure Island is owned and operated by the Prairie Island Indian Community.  Visit www.treasureislandcasino.com for more information.

HASTINGS FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER 
Aquatic
The Aquatic Center provides a wide variety of fun and safe activities for all ages. Certified lifeguards are on duty at all times. Slides, zero depth entry playground, watersprays, fountains, and Lily Pad Crossing. Lap swimming available. For more information call the hotline at (651) 480-2392 or click here for additional details.

TWO AREA SWIMMING BEACHES
Point Douglas Beach and a hike-in beach at Afton State Park

SNOWMOBILING ON CLUB SUPPORTED TRAILS
For a map on trails in the Hastings area, please visit www.hastingssnomos.org/Trails.htm

 

 
 
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