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Banning State Park, 61101 Banning Park Rd, Sandstone, MN 55072
Vehicle permit required. $7/day
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tue. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wed. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thu. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Fri. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sat. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sun. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Banning State Park in Sandstone, Minnesota, is approximately an hour and a half drive from the Twin Cities. We like it for a chance to stretch our legs on the way to Duluth. There is a beautiful waterfall to see and a nice hiking trail for families. Families with older kids may want to try canoeing or kayaking on the Kettle River.

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5 Ideas for Family Fun at Banning State Park

  1. Canoe or Kayak on the Kettle River. It is considered one of the best whitewater rivers in Minnesota.
    Historic sandstone quarry
  2. View Wolf Creek Falls. Not as tall as Minnehaha Falls, the Wolf Creek Falls is none-the-less beautiful year round.
  3. Hike the Quarry Loop. Anne included this hike among her best picks for stops when traveling to Duluth from the Twin Cities. The loop is just under two miles, so it can be a short hike for families with kids. Anne recommends using bug spray before setting out.
  4. Go Birdwatching.
  5. Camp Out. Campsites are available May 1st through mid-November.

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