Is your doggo ready for their next adventure? Then load
them into the car and make your way over to Banning State Park. This gorgeous parcel
of land surrounds the Kettle River and it’s just waiting to be explored by your
The Kettle River is known far and wide for its pawsome
rapids. Five sets of rapids that range from Class III to Class IV attract both local and visiting rafters, canoers, and kayakers. The park also has woofderful
opportunities for rock climbing. But your pupster most likely would prefer a
nice land based excursion. So it’s a good thing this park has furrific hiking
If your pup wants a bit of history mixed in with their
hike, follow the Quarry Loop Trail. It’s just under two miles and runs past a
130 year old sandstone quarry. It also passes the Hell’s Gate Rapids, so your
pup can catch a glimpse of some of the brave boaters. For a longer hike, hop on
Wolf Creek Trail. This four miler takes you through an upland forest and ends
up at a 20 foot waterfall. Sounds puptastic! There are also other trails to
explore like Skunk Cabbage Trail, Trillium Trail, and High Bluff Trail. Just remember
to bring plenty of water along to keep you and your pup hydrated. Have clean-up bags on hand too, and always pick up after your dog.
Banning State Park has a variety of campsites. Here you
will find wooded sites in a campground, electric sites, and a few canoe sites right
on the banks of Kettle River. Showers and modern restrooms are also available.
If you and your pup are just staying for the day, enjoy lunch or dinner at one
of the picnic areas. If you are lucky, you’ll get a table next to the river
where the scenery just can’t be beat.
No bones about it, your pupster will go mutts over
Banning State Park!