Treat yourself to a visit to Banning State Park, just minutes off I-35 near Sandstone. In the spring, watch daring canoeists and kayakers shoot the turbulent rapids at Blueberry Slide, Mother's Delight, Dragon's Tooth and Hell's Gate. In the summer, hike along the Kettle River amid dramatic sandstone rock formations with lush lichens, liverworts and mosses. Visit Wolf Creek Falls, the Log Creek Arches and Robinson's Ice Cave. Stay at the new camper cabin (sleeps five people), which includes bunk beds, a table and benches. Take in the historic ruins of Banning Sandstone Quarry. The park is known for camping, picnicking, cross-country skiing, beautiful trails for hiking and the study of natural history.

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11 days ago

This was a nice easy trail. The rocks were pretty amazing but really cant give this a good review because the mosquitos overwhelmed the trip. I will do this trail in late Fall or Winter and review once more.

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11 days ago

Trail was very muddy but was expected because of saturation levels. Nothing that really jumped out as amazing on this loop other than mosquitoes bigger than dogs haha. I wouldnt recommend this loop as long as mosquitoes are active to be honest.

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29 days ago

Beautiful, quick (1&1/2hr, not strenuous) & the dog loved it! Great views, amazing old growth trees

Stared in picnic area on Quarry loop to spur to Wolf Creek Trail. 4 miles round trip. Wolf Creek remains muddy at beginning and intermittent until get towards end. Beautiful hike and easy.

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2 months ago

Trail from the campground is pretty muddy as the snow melts. If you're visiting soon (or just after winter), I highly recommend wearing waterproof boots (rain boots, muckboots, etc).

Neat trail that starts off with a wooded area, passes a slightly swampy area full of vocal frogs and toads, and then changes into a red pine forest. The trail gets rockier and much more scenic at that point. Take the trail down to the river and then over to the falls. We did this with our 3.5 year old and it was fine.

Nice views. Easy terrain.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

This trail was awesome!! I definitely recommend it for all levels of hikers! You have to check out the waterfall it's a must!!!

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Great trail for 5 years and up. Not ideal for toddlers as there's some climbing. Fun,fairly easy trail.

Beautiful trail system

You can only park in the picnic area so you will need to take the Quarry Loop trail to Deadman's trail and then to the Wolf Creek Falls Trail to get to the falls. It's a little over 4 miles in and out.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Great and beautiful well cared for. But. The only place you're allowed to park is in one area so you cannot pick up the trails at any location but one area making it pretty long on some of these trails it would be more convenient for hikers if they could pick up the trails in multiple places

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Fairly easy terrain. Nice and quiet.

this is one of my favorites!!! lots of historic sites, not to mention if you go off trail just a bit there is GREAT easy rock climbing!!! I always feel like a kid again climbing around....

Monday, July 28, 2014

The trail is okay, the falls area is pretty cool. It's a super easy hike. Supposedly you can get to the lower hell's gate trail from here, but we couldn't find it.

Monday, July 28, 2014

This is an awesome trail! Make sure to grab a self-guided tour map. You can access hell's gate rapids from this trail as well which is a fantastic hike.

on Quarry Loop Trail

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