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Banning State Park

Highway 23 Ext # 195, Sandstone, MN 55072
+1 320-245-2668
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Amazing History Filled Hike!

The hiking here is amazing! The Quarry Loop along the Kettle River has a ton of history, allowing... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jennifer H
Delano, Minnesota
Perfect adventure!

We aren't an outdoorsy family but I was driven by the opportunity to see rapids and waterfalls. We... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Karen G
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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Hikers through this State Park have a choice of many scenic trails, which wind through birch and pine forests bordering along the turbulent waters of the Kettle River.
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Highway 23 Ext # 195, Sandstone, MN 55072
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hiking here is amazing! The Quarry Loop along the Kettle River has a ton of history, allowing you to explore the remains of the 130+ year old sandstone quarry. Seeing the drill holes in the cliffs was really cool and the remains of the...More

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We aren't an outdoorsy family but I was driven by the opportunity to see rapids and waterfalls. We didn't see waterfalls but had a great time looking at the rapids and hiking, climbing on big rocks and building with sticks and rocks. This was a...More

Thank Karen G
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Nice state park however the hours posted aren't really the hours open. Staff seems to bug out early most days. Stayed here because we live in Southern Minnesota where the weather is vastly different than the great white nort. Alot cooler!! Very quickly discovered that...More

Thank walletbuffer
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Found this hidden treasure while looking for geocaches. At the most southern end of the park, you will find this hidden treasure! Unmaintained road to the parking lot and a short hike to the falls, it's was totally worth the drive to get here. We...More

Thank safechris
Reviewed 4 August 2017

This place was great and close enough for a day get-away for my family. There are so many miles of trials that we were able to hike all day, and only see a handful of other people. There are great spots to stop along the...More

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 5 July 2017

This park made an awesome weekend getaway from the Twin Cities! Only about 1.5 hours away from Minneapolis and an hour south of Duluth, the park includes some great hiking trails along the Kettle River. On our first afternoon we ventured along the Wolf Creek...More

Thank Kimberly W
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Nice hiking trails, campground was full so we ended up at the Willow River primitive campground which was very quiet. Unfortunately, the dam broke a couple years ago be so the lake is now just a creek. Even so, it was a nice campground with...More

Thank donnafrommn2016
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We had never been here before; had driven by the sign many times but hadn't stopped. So glad we did! A friend had posted pictures last fall of the park and we decided to make this one of our hikes over our Duluth area weekend....More

Thank lovetotravel0405
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful experience hiking at this park in the fall. There are a lot of colorful maples. The view by the Kettle river is stunning and view of the falls is very calming.

Thank jay r
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Great place to see fall colors... beautiful state park. It is also close th the Jay Cooke State Park and the St. Croix State park. All within a reasonable driving distance, making it a full day activity.

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Tom H
2 October 2016|
Response from Sid_and_Roxy | Reviewed this property |
It depends on how much you want see and from what vantage point. To just walk in to the nearest falls and walk back out I think it would take you at least 20 to 30 minutes if you wanted to see it at the river level. If you... More
26 September 2016|
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Response from MandJcarter | Reviewed this property |
You could see some colors from your car, but would be much better if you are able to hike some of the trails.
Judy W
27 August 2015|
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Response from Carol L | Reviewed this property |
Go to the Minnesota DNR website for reservations.