Banning State Park

Sandstone, Minnesota

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This 6,000-acre park is named for the former town of Banning, which was once located along the shores of the Kettle River. In its prime this town housed over five hundred stone cutters who drilled and pried sandstone from the bluffs for use in the streets of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Located just north of Sandstone. A short hike along the cliffs overlooking the rapids of Kettle River and a tour of a remains of a century-old town and quarry. Special attractions: Tour of old quarry, potholes, and overlook of rapids, including Hell's Gate.
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by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)

This 6,000-acre park is named for the former town of Banning, which was once located along the shores of the Kettle River. In its prime this town housed over five hundred stone cutters who drilled and pried sandstone from the bluffs for use in the streets of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Located just north of Sandstone. A short hike along the cliffs overlooking the rapids of Kettle River and a tour of a remains of a century-old town and quarry.

Special attractions: Tour of old quarry, potholes, and overlook of rapids, including Hell's Gate.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sandstone
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Local Contacts: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Maps: State park trail map; USGS quad: Sandstone North
Driving Directions: Directions to Banning State Park

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