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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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This was the final stop on the way back home for our North Shore vacation. This campsite is about 20-25 minutes south on the interstate from Duluth. Though recently ravaged by floods in 2012, it's a beautiful area. The iconic swinging bridge over the St. Louis River is now repaired, so the trails on the opposite side of the river... More

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Snow melt and spring rains turn the St. Louis River into an impressive torrent that's well worth the price of the daily five dollar park admission fee per car, for those who don't already have a Minnesota State Park permit. Visitors will want to spend some time seeing the small but informative interpretive center in the picnic shelter building, and... More

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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218 reviews 218 reviews
90 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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