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“Hiking after a rain” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jay Cooke State Park

Jay Cooke State Park
780 Highway 210, Carlton, MN 55718
218-384-4610
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Carlton
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Nieuw-Vennep, The Netherlands
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“Hiking after a rain”
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 some of the rocks and trails are slick even when dry! Bring camera for the postcard views!

Visited June 2014
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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“Another great Minnesota state park and campground”
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 are now back in play. The geology here is really something else... lots of rock formations you won't see at other sites.

Another neat spot is the Thomson Pioneer Cemetery. If you don't want to hike all the way there you can park just off the highway at it's base and walk up the staircase. There are a decent amount of gravesites, and a lot of the headstones have decayed, broken down or been destroyed. There are a few still standing, and the dates of death range from the 1850's to late 1800's. The ground is also sunken in many spots, which we assumed to be the actual burial sites. An interesting trip through history here.

The campsites were great. Each one was nestled in a bank of trees, and ours was located right near a large rock formation. Really cool to be nestled next to natural earth crust formations. The restrooms and showers (4 in both the men's and women's) are modern and well kept.

Would definitely visit again. Would have loved to have done more hiking but after doing so much in the first days of our trip at other state parks, we were a little worn down. Overall, another great Minnesota state park.

Visited June 2014
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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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“Visit when the water is high”
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 allow a little time for hiking.

Visited May 2014
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minnesota
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“Fabulous hike”
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.

Visited November 2013
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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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“I Love this Park!”
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 and unlike anything I have ever seen anywhere. The river underneath the bridge is flowing through some amazing layers of strata that is jutting out in all directions. It is quite amazing and beautiful. I have heard the camp sights are all pretty unique with large pieces of earth's crust popping out all over the place. I spent about 2 hours just exploring the rocks south of the swinging bridge. I can't wait to return for some more great hiking and amazing pictures.

Visited November 2013
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