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Banning State Park

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Where to go: Quarry Loop trail remains scenic with the "Hells Gate Rapids".

What you'll see: Mostly still green. A few scattered trees and leaves are changing, but no groups to focus on.

Also of interest: A few bears have been sighted wandering park so please keep any food secure and make noise to scare them away from you.

Last updated: September 2, 2015 

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Getting there

P.O. Box 643
Sandstone, MN 55072

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


Phone: 320-245-2668

Email: banning.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Fall/Spring: Saturday - Monday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Tuesday - Thursday, Intermittent ; Friday 10 a.m - 4 p.m.

Winter: Friday - Monday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Tuesday - Thursday, Intermittent

Summer: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. If no one is available, please leave a message.