The best camping near Banning State Park

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From white-water rafting to rock climbing—thrills are easily found at this state park.  

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Medicine Creek Farm

2 sites · Lodging160 acres · Finlayson, MN
At Medicine Creek Farm, we raise grass fed beef and lamb and pastured pork and eggs. We direct-market our food to customers in the Twin Cities and Duluth, primarily through our website. We have been moved and inspired by soil health and what we've learned of regenerative agriculture's ability to heal the land. Hannah manages the daily farm operations, taking care of the animals and moving fences and flocks through the pastures to improve the soil. Meanwhile Jason has been hard at work building our farm infrastructure including our house, shed, remodeled camper trailer, and rebuilding an 1880s timber frame barn where we host our farm stay.
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Hidden Pines

5 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Kerrick, MN
Come get away in our grove of balsam pine trees in a rural area with lots of wildlife to see and hear. We have 5 primitive campsites, one for large groups and three for smaller more private camping and one drive in site for camping out of vehicle or tent . We offer un mapped hiking trails onsite and there is plenty of activities to do within 10 to 15  miles from camp. Activities include swimming at local beaches, Nemadji State Forest, General CC Andrews State Forest, ATV riding, lots of great fishing lakes, several rivers for kayaking and canoeing, local restaurants, coffee houses, movie theater, general store, shopping, antiques/craft, grocery, gas, local brewery, agate center, fire museum. The land was purchased by the Sway family in the late 70's from a farmer and has been in the family since. We are one of the 4 current land owners of this property and plan to keep the land in the family as long as we can. Our home was built in 2011 on part of the property. Since living here we have used the land for hiking, gardening, wood harvesting, selling Christmas trees, and now we are excited for our new adventure of opening a small part of our land for camping. We are excited for you to enjoy our land as much as we do.
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The Camps at the Vineyard

18 sites · RVs, Tents110 acres · Ogilvie, MN
We are closed for the Winter starting the 4th of December 2023. We look forward to welcoming you in Spring - bookings starting in March 2024! This is a 10-acre part of a larger 110-acre property, This section is reserved for tents, camping vans, and small trailers 20' or less. The river is great for small children to wade and swim in during the summer. During spring, the water is up higher for kayaks and canoes. Seasonal sites are 20' from the river, and a wonderful place to fall asleep and wake up to a babbling river. Learn more about this land: The camping area is ten acres alongside the Ground House River. There are fish in the river, and the water level fluctuates for tubing or kayaking. The property borders with state land used for horse riding, and great for biking
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The Wooded Retreat/breakfast/spa

4 sites · Lodging9 acres · Pine City, MN
Situated just 3 miles from the interstate, our retreat offers the tranquility and beauty of a state park while being conveniently accessible and private with comforts of home! Prepare to be mesmerized by the stunning grounds featuring rolling hills, towering white pines, and a variety of deciduous trees. Immerse yourself in nature's beauty with ponds and trails scattered throughout. Discover an abundance of flowers and wildlife that call this haven home. On our 9 acres we have 5 private ponds, 3 unique cottages ; and a vintage safari tent on a platform! With all of our cottages (sorry not the tent) we provide a breakfast basket in your refrigerator. For ALL guests on the Wooded Retreat we now have a Spa Cottage! (State of the art exercise equipment and a two person infrared Health sauna) Each space is strategically placed on the property to provide utmost privacy and beauty. Welcome to the Wooded Retreat and don't forget to bring your camera and binoculars!
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Northern Nights Pop-Up Paradise

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Askov, MN
Welcome to Northern Nights Pop-Up Paradise located at the Countryside Campground! Our camper is situated on a beautiful reservoir and has everything you need for a relaxing and fun-filled getaway. Our amenities are numerous and include paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, and an adult-only hot tub. There is also a kitchen and bar on site, as well as a liquor store and camp store for all your camping needs. Our indoor pool and kiddy pool are perfect for families with young children, while the campgrounds scenic walking paths offer a peaceful way to explore the surrounding area. For those looking for more competitive activities, we offer volleyball, badminton, basketball, bean bag and horseshoe, with varying tournaments and events hosted throughout the summer. We also have a game room and activity center for rainy days. WiFi, bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities are also provided. Our pop-up camper can comfortably sleep up to five guests with one king, one queen, and one fold-out twin bed. It comes equipped with a mini-fridge, sink, electric and water hookup, and a campfire pit with a table for outdoor dining. We are conveniently located within 20 minutes of several state forests and parks, including Solana State Forest, St. Croix State Park and Forest, and Banning State Park. The Mill Lacs Casino and Mill Lacs Lake are also nearby. We are just 30 minutes south of Duluth and an hour and a half from the Twin Cities. We also have a dog park on site for those traveling with their furry friends. Come stay at our pop-up camper and experience all the beauty and excitement that Northern Minnesota has to offer!
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Gabeshiwin Tipi Village

9 sites · Lodging10 acres · Hinckley, MN
Gabeshiwin Tipis village is the result of a vision given to Minwewebenis (Kevin) as he gazed over the woods and fields of his land. His desire is to share the experience of living in a tipi like his ancestors did decades ago on the Great Plains. The tipis are situated in an intimate village erected around a central pond.
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Sears Farm of Minnesota

2 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Finlayson, MN
Welcome to our 40-acre Central Minnesota farm, where we're on a mission to restore and revitalize this historic property to its former glory. Our efforts have preserved the majestic barn, farmhouse, and more, offering guests a glimpse into the rich history of the area. As a guest at our HipCamp area, you'll have access to the serene surroundings, including small trails through the thicket and woods, and picturesque views of the wetlands. Plus, with Banning State Park just 5 minutes away, outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, and exploring. Whether you're seeking a private retreat or prefer shared spaces, our accommodations feature nice fire pits, with wood typically stocked nearby for your convenience. And for those looking to experience local nightlife, there are several wonderful bars, restaurants, and entertainment options within a 15-minute drive. For adventure seekers, rafting is available in nearby Sandstone, just 10 minutes away, while rock climbing can be enjoyed at Banning State Park and other nearby parks. In 2025, we'll be hosting special events in our beautiful 1950s cattle barn, adding even more charm and character to our property. As we embark on this exciting journey, we welcome your advice and suggestions to make your stay truly memorable.
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Cloverdale Cabins

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Hinckley, MN
Cabin is shared with 2 other tiny home options on the same property. Contact me to host up to 16 guests. Cabin hosts 8 guests and the other 2 tiny homes host up to 4 guests each. Inquire about booking your large party group as our calendar is filling up for the summer and into the fall. Charcoal Grill available for your use on site. Guests supply the charcoal. There is a fire pit on site as well. Guests supply the firewood.
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Bundo's Forest

2 sites · Lodging10 acres · Finlayson, MN
This cabin was built by hand in the 1970s from white pine that was harvested and milled on-site. Our family purchased and rehabbed this beautiful cabin throughout 2021. Indoor and out, there are so many ways to relax and connect with loved ones during all seasons at Bundo's Cabin. Learn more about this land: Where the forest meets the field. Unplug and relax at Bundo's Cabin with extraordinary views of wildlife and endless outdoor opportunities. The modern yet cozy cabin has electricity and features a front patio, an external bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, a living area, and a sleeping loft with a reading nook. No matter the season, this cabin is a wonderful, cozy, and clean, place to relax and unwind. Feel free to roam around the 10-acre property and explore the 80 acres of state land to the north. Deer, foxes, coyotes, turkeys, owls, eagles and more are likely to be seen or heard. Explore, Banning, Moose Lake, and Father Hennepin State Parks which are all within 30 minutes, and return to the cabin to read, play games, listen to records, have a fire, and relax. The kitchen provides you with everything you need to prepare your meals including a refrigerator, small freezer, stove, oven, cookware, cutting boards, sink, seasonings, oil, and coffee. Water for washing is available via a pump faucet in the kitchen, and a brand-new outhouse is located steps south of the cabin. The cabin is efficiently heated and cooled with a very user-friendly heat pump and gets the cabin to your desired temperature very quickly. We are grateful to honor the Dakota and Anishinaabe people whose land we occupy by donating $10 from every booking to the Makoce Ikikcupi Land Recovery Project. This project is actively working to return the land to the indigenous people from whom it was stolen. You can learn more about this project in reparative justice at www.makoceikikcupi.com.
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Fish Lake Getaway

1 site · RV, Tent10 acres · Finlayson, MN
Learn more about this land:There is a fire pit and firewood,  access to a basicly private lake. 14’ aluminum boat is available or bring your own canoe. There is no place to put your own boat in. There is an outhouse and a shed with many yard games.  There is a park model camper available to use with no hook ups other than gas stove
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Holiday Road

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents1 acre · Isle, MN
Enjoy unforgettable sunsets over Lake Mille Lacs, painting the sky with vibrant hues. Step onto the sand beach from your campsite. Surround yourself with the soothing sounds of nature and the lapping of the lake's waves that will help you unwind and connect with the outdoors. End your days with a cozy campfire and stargaze under a clear night sky. We have three campsite spots, a rustic one-room sleeping cabin, as well as a guest cabin with a bathroom and shower. Ask us if you need an extra tenting spot, we may be able to accommodate.
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Camping Brno

5 sites · RVs77 acres · Bruno, MN
Camping Brno is a small, family-run campsite on a working hay farm. This remote destination is defined by endless sunsets, abundant wildlife, and an addictive calmness. Banning Junction with it's wonderful selection of trails is a short drive away for long hikes and beautiful river views. General Andrews extensive ATV trail system is close by, but there is a good sized trail system within the wooded part of the farm and adjoining acreages.
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The best camping near Banning State Park guide

Overview

About

Rocky gorges, waterfalls, and forested riverbanks set the scene for adventures in Banning State Park. Grab your canoe, kayak, or raft and tackle the gnarly rapids of the Kettle River—Blueberry Slide, Hell’s Gate, and Dragon Tooth are famous for their thrilling hairpin turns and dramatic scenery. Afterward, hit the trail to explore Banning Sandstone Quarry, Wolf Creek Falls, and Robinson’s Ice Cave; scale 40-foot cliffs overlooking the river; or bring your snowmobile or skis for a winter excursion. Campers can snag a spot at the small campground, pitch a tent at the five canoe-in campsites, or check into the camper cabin.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve one of the park’s 33 campsites (11 with electric hookups) in advance via the Minnesota State Parks website. Watercraft campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis only. 
  2. Campsite reservations open 120 days in advance, and same-day bookings are possible. 
  3. Campsites can book up as fast, especially on summer and holiday weekends. Book your spot as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

When to go

Paddling season at Banning State Park runs from April through September, and the park can get busy, especially on weekends. Parking fills up quickly, so plan an early morning or late afternoon arrival to secure a spot. Banning State Park Campground is open from April through mid to late November. Winter visits are equally enjoyable with options for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing, but expect minimal facilities if you visit in the off-season.

Know before you go

  • Banning State Park is set 93 miles north of Minneapolis or about a 1.5-hour drive away. 
  • Vehicle permits are required for all Minnesota state parks, in addition to camping reservation fees. Permits can be purchased in advance via the Minnesota State Parks website. 
  • Park facilities include a gift shop, vault toilets, and picnic areas. Flush toilets and showers are available at the campground in season only. 
  • There are accessible campsites, restrooms, and picnic areas at Banning State Park.

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