Location: Sandstone, MN (right off I-35)
Management: Minnesota State Parks and Trails
Trail: Skunk Cabbage Trail
Duration: 1.5 hours
Trail Surface: Natural Surface - Dirt Trails
Environment: Birch forest, Kettle River, rapids
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Cell Phone Reception: Good
Parking: Plentiful, no charge. Winter parking at Picnic Area.
Dog Rules: Dogs on Leash, 6 foot maximum
Recommended Gear: Waterproof boots when hiking in early winter and early spring. Mud and potential flooding during those times of year. Otherwise, any shoe is fine.
I came across Banning State Park on a day trip to Duluth in February, and I could not have been more pleased. It was exactly wh