Appleton, Minnesota Home of honored veterans

Appleton honors its fallen veterans by naming streets after them -- a tradition that started at a Memorial Day service in 1947. This is just one of the many ways that Appleton is bonded together as a community!

Getting Active in Appleton!

There are so many parks, trails, and recreational areas in Appleton and the surrounding area, there's no shortage of things to do outside!

Just in town, there are lots of opportunities to get active. Appleton has several parks. There's Riverside Park, which contains picnic shelters, a playground, restrooms and access to different trails, as well as a fun disc golf course. You can even get discs for free from Don's Food Pride!

one of the holes in the disc golf course

There's also a beautiful bandstand in Riverside Park, where summer music series are held and performances for town events! It's even a great place for kids to let their imaginations run wild, and pretend they're a ballerina or rock star.

Not too far away is the Pomme de Terre River and a walking and biking trail runs along side. It's a fun and active way to take in the beauty of the Appleton area.

Also in town, just off state highway 7/59, there is the Municipal Campground, which hosts camping, fishing, canoe and trail access, and picnic shelters (all of which has been renovated recently). It's the perfect place to stay if you want to experience the town and the outdoors all at once!

The Appleton Aquatic Center is another great way to get outside and soak up some sun on a warm summer day! It features a zero-entry pool, kids area, slides, and lounging area.

Want to pick up the pace?

To really kick your outdoor activity into gear, there's always the Appleton OHV Park, located only two miles northeast of Appleton on Highway 59. It is 330 acres for ATVs, Off-Highway Motorcycles, and Off-Road Vehicles. The admission is free, and it's open during daylight hours, seven days a week, as long as your OHV is registered!

If you want to attend a great event at the Appleton OHV park, come to Prairie Thunder Off-Road Rally! It's an annual event that features a mud run, a 4x4 rock climb, blindfolded barrel races, guided trail rides, bonfires, music and so much more!

Get down to Business!

Whether you are looking to shop, grab a bite to eat, or even for a job, Appleton has a variety of business opportunities!

There's also the Appleton-Milan Elementary School in town.

Don't Miss Any Appleton Community Events!

Appleton hosts quite a few community events - they are a super way to get involved in the community and experience the culture of the area.

Swift County Fair

Swift County Fair

The Swift County Fair takes place at the Appleton fairgrounds every year. It features the fair exhibits of livestock, crafts,fruits and vegetables, as well as a mid way carnival rides and games, an exotic petting zoo, rodeo, live music, ribfest, beer gardens, delicious food, and much more!


There are events for all ages at Applefest like the antique tractor, equipment, and truck display, walk/run, corn shelling demonstrations, music in Riverview Park, kids activities, a Beer garden, and even a parade! It's a well-loved community event that celebrates the city and the harvest!
Snapshots from the 2016 Applefest celebrations

For More Information...

There is so much more to learn and experience in Appleton. Find more information about Appleton, Swift County, and the greater Upper Minnesota Valley area at the Western Minnesota Prairie Waters website.

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