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Banning State Park

61101 Banning Park Road
320-245-2668

Treat yourself to a visit to Banning State Park, just minutes off I-35 near Sandstone. In the spring, watch daring canoeists and kayakers shoot the turbulent rapids at Blueberry Slide, Mother's Delight, Dragon's Tooth and Hell's Gate. In the summer, hike along the Kettle River amid dramatic sandstone rock formations with lush lichens, liverworts and mosses. Visit Wolf Creek Falls, the Log Creek Arches and Robinson's Ice Cave. Stay at the new camper cabin (sleeps five people), which includes bunk beds, a table and benches. Take in the historic ruins of Banning Sandstone Quarry. The park is known for camping, picnicking, cross-country skiing, beautiful trails for hiking and the study of natural history.

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Lou McCoy

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Monday, July 2, 2018
The campground here is small and all except the sites near the bathhouse are wooded and fairly private. They are not kidding when they say the sites are narrow. It is tight getting in if you are not used to backing up a camper. The sites widen up once you are in. The park itself and the trails are lovely. My wife got good pictures of the rapids and waterfalls. Just understand the south unit with the falls is not marked. You follow the directions and will get there (and it is worth it) but may think you are lost when you drive.

Alex Bittner

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018
The park has a bunch of different things you can do. Fishing, kayaking, what have you. The old quarry offers some really great scenery, as well as some cool opportunities to explore and climb around a bit. There is a campsite here, although I'm not sure on the price. Typically speaking whenever I go, it's usually myself and maybe one or two other people for the whole park, and let me tell you, it's large. I still haven't walked the full length of the trail. If you're I to history, there is some interesting information plaques in the park that explain what the quarry was, what it was for, what it looked like, etc. There's even still a lot of foundations from the old buildings with hand forged hardware lying around if that's your thing. They also do ice climbing in the winter which is neat. I advise going on a breezy day, bring snacks or what ever strikes your fancy, and bug spray. This park seems to be a little bugger than some, I'm sure the river contributes to that. All in all, I'd recommend at least checking the place out.

nicholas rahn

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Saturday, July 7, 2018
Banning state park is great. If you go to the main parking area far north there is a great spot to push in your kayak. I recommend a spray skirt because some of the Rapids get kinda rough. You can kayak down to big sandy falls about a half mile downstream. The hike up to wolf creek falls will take you about 30-45 minutes but it is worth it.

Joleen Morin

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
This park has the feel of the Boundary Waters area but closer to home, there's tons of hiking options with waterfalls, fishing, Bluffs, and a little bit of history with old buildings on the paths. It was nice to find such a quiet place so close to the cities. Make sure to wear good shoes and spray for ticks before along with checking after if you plan to hike here.

Gary Rieks

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Monday, May 28, 2018
We had a wonderful Memorial weekend camping at Banning! The photos of the park do not do it justice! There is easy hiking, history, scenic river views, falls, and we were there when thousands of Trilliums were in bloom. The park is a reasonable drive from the Twin Cities and an easy one hour drive into Duluth for sightseeing, We found the bathrooms a bit dated but clean and functional. Most camping sites are spacious and well shaded. We even found a Lady Slipper in the wild. We give it 4 stars compared to 5 starts for parks like Gooseberry and Bear Head. We will definitely plan on back!

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