Big Spring Falls and Wolf Creek Falls— Banning State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Banning State Park is a long and skinny strip of green surrounding a curvy, 10-mile course of the Kettle River, one of Minnesota’s Wild and Scenic Rivers. The river is a popular canoeing destination and is famous for some gnarly rapids with names like Dragons Tooth, Crusher, Power House, and Hells Gate. These whitewater playgrounds are some of the state’s most challenging river runs, but portage trails bypass the maelstrom if you’re in more of a take-it-easy frame of mind.
Farther downstream is the site of the 1800s-era quarry that supplied sandstone rock for historical landmarks in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Five hundred stonecutters plied their sturdy skills at the quarry until 1894, when the devastating Great Hinkley Fire roared over the land, resulting in heavy losses for the stone company. The quarry closed in 1905. Many ruins of the former stone works are visible in the dense, second-growth forest along the river’s western banks."