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Jay Cooke State Park

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Address: 780 Highway 210, Carlton, MN 55718
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+1 218-384-4610

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Great For A Little Rest Off The Road

We were heading back to the Twin Cities from Duluth, and decided to stop. The last time I had been here, I was a little girl, and still remember the striking rocks - the way they... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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78 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were heading back to the Twin Cities from Duluth, and decided to stop. The last time I had been here, I was a little girl, and still remember the striking rocks - the way they are at an angle in the river. I decided to take my partner to see it. He really liked the bridge, and walking over... More 

Thank tigereye79
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

After driving past Jay Cooke for years on our way to the North Shore, we decided to camp there one night. It was such a great experience that not only is it one of our favorite state parks, we make a point to come here year round. This review is about winter in the park. It looks like a place... More 

Thank Heatherjett
Chanhassen, Minnesota
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

After a weekend in Duluth we decided to stop in to Jay Cooke for a short hike before our drive back to the twin cities. A short drive off of 35 you run into Jay Cooke the visitor center is situated right by the famous bridge. Good hiking on the south side of bridge there are short and long loops... More 

Thank PJ W
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Love this park all year long! Spring thru Fall, it is great for hiking, picnicking and nature viewing. In the Winter, we love the cross country skiing while listening the chickadees above us.

Thank L3691YSdavido
Hugo, Minnesota
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238 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Jay Cooke State Park has challenging fat tire trails with many hills. This is a multiuser trail so be cautious of others. We were there during a weekday and we were the only people on the trail. This course was difficult and I was exhausted after the ride. We will definitely come back.

Thank 7wonderstraveler
Cloquet, Minnesota
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10 reviews
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Picnic here regularly, walking the nature trails, crossing the swinging bridge, and watching kayakers. I was surprised, when I met someone from California, who said he camped here with his family when he was young. It is a beautiful park, and well maintained. It borders the Munger Trail, which is over 200 miles long. It is a paved biking trail.... More 

Thank Phillip D
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Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

I have biked and walked the trails in the park many times and it never gets old. It is very conveniently located within 10-15 miles or so of Duluth and 5 miles from Cloquet. Very peaceful and is great for biking, hiking, snowmobiling, or cross country skiing. So nice to have nearly right out my back door!

Thank David P
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72 reviews
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Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped here on our drive home for a winter hike and to get some energy out before a long drive home. Great because it's only $5 for the parking pass. In the winter there a few great spots you can drive to for a very short walk in to see some beautiful views. We stopped in at the ranger... More 

Thank HJS11
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

Took a drive south of Duluth and found this state park. $5 daily pass fee. Gorgeous trails for walking, biking, cross country skiing and running. Fall colors were beautiful as we walked over the swinging bridge and through the woods. Perfect way to spend the day. Camping available year round too!

Thank JewelsinMN
Marshalltown, Iowa
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Reviewed 23 September 2016

The St. Louis River was up this year due to plentiful rainfall and it was absolutely stunning. The famous swinging bridge is a thrill, but the best view of the river can be had by hiking the trail along the north side of it starting behind the visitor center. We went all the way to the pioneer cemetery which was... More 

Thank Dee D

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