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. Observe 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.
Banning State Park attracts birdwatchers who have sited 184 species of birds. In addition, 17 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 34 species of mammals live in the park. Common species include white-tailed deer, black bear, coyote, fox, raccoon, beaver, red and gray squirrels, snowshoe hare, and ruffed grouse.
Banning State Park
61101 Banning Park Rd, Sandstone, MN 55072, United States
Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Official Website: Banning State Park