Banning State Park61101 Banning Park Rd
Sandstone, MN 55072
Entrance is off I-35, exit #195, State Hwy 23 (Askov).Get Directions
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. Take in the historic ruins of Banning Sandstone Quarry. 17 mi hiking trails, river fishing and boat access; and 6 mi snowmobile trail. 19 km mostly beginner ski trails through forest and passing the scenic Kettle River Rapids.
Hours & DatesPhone reservations can be made by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY: 952-936-4008) Apr–Sep, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily; Oct–Mar, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon – Fri and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat & Sun CT.
- Daily camping maximum: $32.00
- Daily camping minimum: $24.00
Park permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate.
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Based on 76 reviews
We are a big supporter of MN state parks. We drove up from the Twin Cities (100 miles) to hike on 11/28. Road to trail heads is sheer ice. We turned around (and we have decent tires and front wheel...
— Jritchi, November 28, 2020
The park is letting vehicles park all along the park road for day use now. Instead of saying it’s full and turning vehicles away like they should to keep it a safe park like it use to be. There are...
— mrbreeze79, September 26, 2020
Another state park in the books. Hike started out decent, by the water and some old quarry buildings. Some rocky terrain and fun maneuvering. Inland more bland and less groomed/traffickers. Kind of...
— Mrstewart, September 13, 2020
We enjoyed our trip and visit.
Lots of trails. Some a bit rougher than others. Grass, large stones and rocks, tree roots, scenic by the Kettle River and a small waterfall because of little rain. The...
— Zeewondeful, August 19, 2020
This waterfall was not worth the walk. Mosquitos were terrible.
I thought the trail signs could be better.
Maybe putting distance to the waterfall on the signs.
When you get close to the waterfall...
— E4669FNnoram, August 15, 2020