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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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17 attraction reviews
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
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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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18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
30 helpful votes 30 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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8 helpful votes 8 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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281 reviews 281 reviews
134 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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