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Banning State Park, Sandstone

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#42 of 85 in Nature in Minnesota
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  • We aren't an outdoorsy family but I was driven by the opportunity to see rapids and waterfalls. We didn't see waterfalls but had a great time looking at the rapids and hiking, climbing on big rocks an...  more »
  • Nice state park however the hours posted aren't really the hours open. Staff seems to bug out early most days. Stayed here because we live in Southern Minnesota where the weather is vastly different t...  more »
  • Found this hidden treasure while looking for geocaches. At the most southern end of the park, you will find this hidden treasure! Unmaintained road to the parking lot and a short hike to the falls, it...  more »
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  • If you love hiking then this would be a fun place for you. But I am not a hiker. The old quarry was neat but the hike around it was a tad too much for me (I'm recovering from a broken shoulder blade but even if I wasn't it would have still been too long). The beautiful waterfall that is pictured above is a several mile hike round-trip so we never got to see it (of course this is why we went in the first place :^\ ). Now we did get to see the other waterfall further south. It involved leaving the park, driving through the town of Sandstone, and driving down a road that turned into a kinda sketchy dirt road. Followed as far as we could and parked. Then it was a short walk to the river and to the waterfall. This lower part was more fun and cooler by far than the big main part of the park. And we wouldn't have needed a State Park Pass. In conclusion I would have to say "Boo. Boo. Bad park. Hiss." But this is just my opinion, and opinions are like butt-holes. Everyone has one and they usually stink.
  • It's a nice place to go hiking but it was too much for little kids. We were unable to get to the falls because it was a long hike. I also wish there maps were a little bit easier to read. The trail maps on the trail wouldn't tell you where were you exactly. Maybe I'll try next time by myself whenever I come North again!
  • If you like hiking, you will love Banning! The self guided quarry trail and the waterfall is a must!! Highly recommend no matter your ability or experience :)
  • Beautiful rapids and tons of wooded trails. Sites are heavily wooded and private. The ground can get very muddy so prepare with rain boots! Quiet as well.
  • Very fun state park located at what once was a rock mill or quarry. You can see what's left of the quarry through an interpretive trail. There is also a scenic waterfall worth exploring.

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