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“Lovely Park” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Banning State Park

Banning State Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Sandstone
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Owner description: 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.
Elk River, Minnesota
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Lovely Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

Moved here recently from St. Louis so used to hiking in the rugged Ozarks along rocky, naturalistic trails. Also have extensively hiked GSMNP. This is one of the few parks I can find similar rocky, rugged and natural trials like the Ozarks, though much shorter in length. So many of the MN trails are wide, grassy and obviously mowed for winter CX ski use. It is so nice to enjoy a walk in a more natural setting. The Kettle River is very pretty, Wolf Ridge Falls is also a lovely spot and the hikes aren't really very challenging to get to beautiful views. Guessing in the summer the mosquitos are bad, but that's MN for you! Hiked this at end of September .... no bugs. If you love rugged, rocky, naturalized trails with beautiful river and waterfall scenery then this park is for you.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank wendy n
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Gunnison, Colorado
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211 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Clean & Beautiful Private Wooded Campsites”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

We camped here in a 32' trailer & had plenty of room to park. Each site is separated from the next with thick bushes & many trees making it very private. The roads are tree lined & many maples were turning red. Attendants were pleasant & helpful with directions. Even though it had rained & humidity was 100%, there were not many mosquitoes or flies for this time of year. We would camp here again & highly recommend this site to everyone! Very peaceful& quiet!!!

Visited September 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1,287 reviews
685 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 543 helpful votes
“Lord of the Flies!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

I arrived around 8:30am in the morning and despite seeing the ranger and asking for some input on the trails and I would assume him seeing me pay at the self pay box, he followed me to where I parked and double checked my permit and the car next to mine. No freebies here. As soon as I got out of my car it was obvious I needed to load up on bug spray. And while this 40% DEET concoction worked on fending off the mosquito's (they just buzzed at a semi safe distance) the flies didn't seem to mind and may have been attracted to it. I must of swatted a hundred flies on my trip from the parking lot to wolf creek falls and that is no exaggeration. This is a fairly long hike and I took the scenic route along the river. Unfortunately the bugs were so thick, I kept a quick pace and didn't want to stop to take in some of the scenic beauty of the bluffs. If I were hiking just to Wolf Creek falls again, I would probably park in the campground and hike from there as this shaves a few miles off the trip.

Visited July 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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593 reviews
202 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 415 helpful votes
“Beautiful/Rapids Look Like Fun!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

Very pretty area, but if you are going to stand along the bank of the river, look out for the mosquitoes! There are about 1 million ready to feed. Otherwise, the rapids and hiking trails are great and it is a lot of fun!

Visited June 2013
1 Thank kuwells
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San Mateo, California
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61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice day-long tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

Banning state park is a nice little state park nestled on the bank of Kettle river. For all you avid "kayak"ers this might be your ultimate fantasy. The river has the most "dangerous" rapids suited for kayaking in the whole of Minnesota. There are a few trails worth visiting. But the best part of the park is probably Wolf creek falls. Take the wolf creek trail to this falls and you sure will not be disappointed.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Atanu R
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