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Banning State Park

Highway 23 Ext # 195, Sandstone, MN 55072
+1 320-245-2668
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Great place to renew your energy.... Wilderness among the rapid waters and history of an era gone.

Great place to renew your energy.... Wilderness among the rapid waters and history of an era gone... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
LastPioneerFarm
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Askov, Minnesota
Excellent state park

Loved it here. Have just visited the park before and hiked to the waterfall, but camped the weekend... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
boomercostello
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Sauk Rapids, MN
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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“great hiking” (5 reviews)
“willow river” (2 reviews)
“twin cities” (6 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 1 week ago

Great place to renew your energy.... Wilderness among the rapid waters and history of an era gone. Take your time and walk several of the different trails.

Thank LastPioneerFarm
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved it here. Have just visited the park before and hiked to the waterfall, but camped the weekend this time. Hiked on Quarry loop, Deadmans trail and hell's gate trail. All excellent. Hell's gate trail was a little advanced, take it slower on that one....More

Thank boomercostello
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A less "formal" State Park but highly recommend.We were staying in Hinckley and it is in Sandstone but so glad we went. The Kettle River runs though it, there are rapids and a waterfall that is recommended to see. The path in Sandstone to the...More

Thank Daun M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The online reservation system sold me a campsite that people have been camping in already for daus based on verbal okay of “the girl at the office” who promised to block it for them. Campground host was uninterested in foxing this, was unfamiliar with online...More

Thank Soren S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited on a hot, humid summer day. Bring plenty to drink! There are many different trails you can follow. We hiked the Quarry, part of Hell's Gate (too challenging), High Bluff and Wolf Creek Trails. We wanted to hike out to see the Wolf...More

1  Thank Northerngirlnomore
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

Going off trail along the river is amazing. There are small waterfalls and caverns that make the experience hard to find anywhere else in the state! The lower trails are not well defined and require a lot of scrambling over rocks. If you are fit,...More

2  Thank AndersJecha
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Reviewed 24 May 2018 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 30 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

1  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

4  Thank Karen G
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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

2  Thank walletbuffer
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Tom H
3 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
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.
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