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Banning State Park

Highway 23 Ext # 195, Sandstone, MN 55072
+1 320-245-2668
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Beautiful hike one hour outside Twin Cities

Banning State Park is an unexpectedly beautiful place to hike, and I’d never have discovered it if... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Katie K
via mobile
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 29 December 2017
Jennifer H
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Delano, Minnesota
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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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  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“great hiking” (5 reviews)
“willow river” (2 reviews)
“fall colors” (4 reviews)
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Highway 23 Ext # 195, Sandstone, MN 55072
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+1 320-245-2668
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Banning State Park is an unexpectedly beautiful place to hike, and I’d never have discovered it if my father hadn’t grown up in the area. There’s a level path at the top of the sandstone cliffs, or you can climb over the rocks closer to...More

Thank Katie K
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

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
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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

2  Thank Karen G
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Reviewed 25 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

2  Thank walletbuffer
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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
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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
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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

1  Thank Kimberly W
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Reviewed 28 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

1  Thank donnafrommn2016
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Reviewed 13 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

1  Thank lovetotravel0405
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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.

1  Thank jay r
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Tom H
2 October 2016|
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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
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Ram7174
25 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.
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Judy W
27 August 2015|
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Response from Carol L | Reviewed this property |
Go to the Minnesota DNR website for reservations.
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