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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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Hugo, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We hit this park on our way out of town after visiting our daughter at UMD. The views are spectacular and the weather was perfect. Lots of trails and photo opportunities. Bring water and make sure you go to the bathroom before you start hiking. We brought a stroller for our three year old and it wasn't very easy to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I absolutely love this place! The new suspension bridge is up and the hikes on the other side are amazing as ever. Every trail you take is beautiful with the fall colors and there's hikes for every type of hiker from beginner to expert. We stayed at one of the walk insights at the campground because all the backpack insights... More

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56 reviews 56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I have always enjoyed this park. glad to see they are recovering from the flood. hadn't been up there in a few years. there is plenty of spectacular scenery and lots of good hiking and biking trails. especially when you link up to the Munger trail. the campgrounds are nice and usually busy. the staff is very helpful. there is... More

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127 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Have been here 1x each year for the last 4 years and will keep coming back. The shower areas are a bit old, but nice to have flush toliets and a shower. The swinging bridge was repaired again, so fun to hike over the river in the forest. Will be back again.

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Fargo, North Dakota
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Really enjoyed this park! It was my first time visiting and absolutely enjoyed it! The (smaller) falls are really neat to see and we enjoyed hiking around the area as well. We found a quiet area and went ankle deep in the water and found agates. It was a blast!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Myself (and mainly the kids) were very disappointed to find out that the "star attraction" of this bug infested park is the SWINGING bridge, not SWIMMING bridge. We showed up with our flip flops and sun tan lotion only to be humiliated by the janitor when we asked him "where's the beach?" My kids started crying. A swinging bridge is... More

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DeWitt, Michigan
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76 reviews 76 reviews
29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Minnesota has many great parks, but this is a good one for hiking. The trails are very well maintained and take you to interesting places. The trails along the St. Louis River are spectacular with many viewing sites.

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Wrenshall, Minnesota
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

We live near here and always enjoy hiking at Jay Cooke. Sometimes we just take a short hike at the suspension bridge or sometimes we will go off trial and just hike around on our own. The carved out river thru the rocky terrain is fun to hike and gives a great view. We really like just walking around on... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We stayed at the campground for 2 nights and had a great time. The park is absolutely fabulous and the new swinging bridge is gorgeous! There are great trails around there and a couple extra lookouts to the river you can find from trails. Love it! Absolutely stunning

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Schiphol, The Netherlands
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18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Hiked here after stopping in Carlton for lunch. It was just after a rain and the trails were a bit muddy but the hiking is wonderful with views of the St Louis River which had a large volume of water in it. The rovers from the 2012 floods are noticeable but don't interfere with the hiking. wear GOOD. Shoes as... More

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