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Jay Cooke State Park

780 Highway 210, Carlton, MN 55718
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Carlton
Type: State Parks
Activities: Hiking
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English first
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We love Jay Cooke - and the trails are fantastic. The wild river, heavy woods, and well marked trails are diverse and beautiful. Whether you are going for a short walk (across the suspension bridge!) or a long hike - nothing here disappoints.

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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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88 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I came here once in October for my first time here and hiked the Eastern part of the park, that was okay. On November first 2013 the famous swinging bridge finally reopened. I came for all of the festivities that day. The hiking here is actually quite epic. The way the geology of the area is layed out is unique... More

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Cloquet, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We love love love this park any time of year! Hiking, backpacking, snow shoeing, xcountry skiing, family camping - it's a great place for it all, especially now that the swinging bridge is open again. Camp cabins are great summer or winter - be sure to make reservations for cabins though as they can be hard to get, they book... More

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Bloomington, MN
12 reviews 12 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We love going in the winter and the summer. Hikes are great along the river and in the winter the cross country ski trails are great. The new lift bridge is now open which is a great photo op! Make it a weekend and stay at the nearby Black Bear Resort and Casino.

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White Bear
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We took a cold winter walk across the swinging bridge and into the woods. The winter hiking trails were in great shape. The guy in the park office was friendly and helpful.

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Minneapolis, MN
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

After driving past the sing marking the exit for my entire life, I finally visited last summer. I liked it so much I went twice! The first time I hiked along the river, and stopped at the pioneer cemetery that's part of the park. The bridge wasn't fixed then, so I went back (with my mom-she's 84) the day after... More

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
45 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The swinging bridge was closed for repairs when I went but it was still awesome to walk around by the river and get some amazing pics. Definitely worth the visit.

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Ely, Minnesota
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86 reviews 86 reviews
27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This is a special place and not too well visited. We have been there many times and it's always a joy to return. Easy hiking and the swinging suspension bridge is unique.

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Stayed 3 nights in late September to catch the hawk migration in Duluth. The staff here is beyond helpful and knowledgeable. The fire wood was dry and burned very nicely in our secluded cabin camper fire ring. The cabin was in excellent condition with plenty of room for us and our gear. The park is very clean, quiet and there... More

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Siren, Wisconsin
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Stopped by a few weeks ago and the bridge is not open.. so unless you are doing others things in the area it's a wasted trip, also there were huge holes in the road and it's not open to Wisconsin traffic. Maybe next year!

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