Banning State Park

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Banning State Park

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 and take in 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.

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Water is shut off for the season but drinking water is available year round outside the park office.

Park Notes

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State Forest Campground

Banning State Park also manages the Willow River Campground on Zalesky Lake (I-35 Exit 205) within General Andrews State Forest. Camping is available April 1 to October 31. There are 38 drive-in and two hike-in campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis, each with vault toilets and a hand pump for drinking water. A tent-only group camp is also available for up to 50 people. Group camp is $50/night and can be reserved by calling Banning State Park at 320-245-2668. The other campsites are $14/night and do not take reservations.

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Park Highlights

tree Kettle River

tree Canoeing

tree Historic Sandstone Quarry

tree Wolf Creek Falls

tree Hiking

tree Kayaking


The park's office hours are currently intermittent for the off season.


P.O. Box 643
Sandstone, MN 55072

tel: 320-245-2668

fax: 320-245-0251


Getting There

The park is located is off I-35, Exit #195. Follow signs to the park.