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EXPLORE BANNING!

Join us as we explore Banning State Park in Sandstone Minnesota! Hiking The North will take you through a 6 mile guided hike on several trails. This journey will start at 11am. Trail is from easy to moderate. Bring water, lunch, snacks and backpack. We will stop half way through the hike to have lunch. Dress appropriately for the weather!

ABOUT THE PARK

In 1971, the park acreage increased to a total of 5,877 acres. In 1986, the park boundary was expanded to include the Log Creek Drive area, for a total of 6,237 acres. A 10-mile stretch of the Kettle River, designated as a state Wild and Scenic River, bisects the park. In 1995, the local community of Sandstone, the DNR and the Pollution Control Agency worked together to remove the Kettle River dam and return the river to its natural state which now showcases the Big Spring Falls and the Sandstone Rapids. The park's water resources include the Kettle River, Wolf Creek, Log Creek, six streams and three springs. The scenic Kettle River includes five spectacular rapids: Blueberry Slide, Mother's Delight, Dragon's Tooth, Little Banning and Hell's Gate. These rapids provide one of the state's most challenging whitewater experiences for canoe and kayak enthusiasts.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Comfortable, broken-in hiking boots or tennis shoes
  • Backpack
  • Water
  • Healthy Snacks (trail-mix, protein shake, Etc.)
  • Lunch 
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Hat
  • Any First Aid items that is required for your well-being (personal medications, epi-pens).  Please be sure to communicate any medical issues in a private conversation with the guides.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE WITH THE HIKE

  • CPR Certified HTN Leader
  • Fun community and building new friendships!

NOT INCLUDED WITH YOUR HIKE

  • Transportation to the park is not included. 

DOGS ARE WELCOMED!

Please click below for more information about Hiking With Dogs! Here are more details of what to expect when you bring your pooch!

CHILDREN ARE WELCOMED!

Bring the kids! Teach them early how to enjoy the outdoors! Please make sure they are 5 years and older. Hiking The North does practice the 7 principles of Leave No Trace so please abide by principles while hiking with kids. 

GETTING TO THE PARK

Banning State Park

61101 Banning Park Rd, Sandstone, MN 55072

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please contact team@hikingthenorth.net if you have any questions!

This event is FREE! There is a $7 dollar fee for all day access to the park. If you have a REGIONAL COUNTY PARK pass it won't work for STATE PARKS. Please contact Hiking The North Team at 612-281-4839 if you have any questions! 

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