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Jay Cooke State Park

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Address: 780 Highway 210, Carlton, MN 55718
Phone Number: 218-384-4610
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Activities: Hiking

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Wonderful falls and rapids

The plates of the rock point upstream forming beautiful falls and rapids. Wonderful hiking areas. Do not attempt to come in from Highway 23, the road is out this spring. Come... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Anaheim Hills, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Due to a flood the park has be partially destroyed. You cannot go through the whole park. You can only drive in so far on either end of the park road. What you can see is beautiful and repairs are being made but will take time to complete. Go and enjoy the scenery and wildlife even though you can only... More 

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Thompson Falls
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The plates of the rock point upstream forming beautiful falls and rapids. Wonderful hiking areas. Do not attempt to come in from Highway 23, the road is out this spring. Come from Carlton.

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Ely, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

One fantastic park. Don't fall in. Nice hiking trails too. You'll want to return, I'm certain. Easy to drive to and a short walk from the vistors center to the swinging bridge.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Was here on business and wanted to get in my FitBit steps. I walked across the swinging bridge and took the complete "Carlton Trail" It was about a 3 1/2 mile trek along the river. It has plenty of hills, rocks, and tree roots so is a true hiking trail. Unfortunately I did it in tennis shoes. There were lots... More 

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Superior, WI
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206 reviews 206 reviews
11 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

My wife and I went exploring around Jay Cooke State Park on March 22. It was barely above 30 degrees, but the sun was shining and there was no wind. It was a pretty nice day. Ground is a bit soggy in places, but the snow is all gone (for now, anyway) and the number of visitors is low. Jay... More 

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Correll, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Fall colors just starting. Bridge across the river was really neat. Within a half hour drive of Duluth

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Farmington, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Whats Open: The swing bridge, both the park headquarters building and the river inn interpretive center (with picnic tables and a fireplace), all campsites and camper cabins, most trails and access to the park from Carlton (West) on hwy 210. Whats Closed: Hwy 210 from the east and portions of some trails along the river. According to a park ranger... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Always a favorite park to visit when I was a kid back in the 50s. I'd heard the famous Swinging Bridge had been wiped out in the 2012 St. Louis River flood and has now been re-opened. I visited for the first time in decades at the height of beautiful fall color in the river valley. They've done a tremendous... More 

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Hugo, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

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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