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Jay Cooke State Park

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Address: 780 Highway 210, Carlton, MN 55718
Phone Number: +1 218-384-4610
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Gem in the wilderness!

Took a drive south of Duluth and found this state park. $5 daily pass fee. Gorgeous trails for walking, biking, cross country skiing and running. Fall colors were beautiful as we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 10, 2016
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

Took a drive south of Duluth and found this state park. $5 daily pass fee. Gorgeous trails for walking, biking, cross country skiing and running. Fall colors were beautiful as we walked over the swinging bridge and through the woods. Perfect way to spend the day. Camping available year round too!

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

The St. Louis River was up this year due to plentiful rainfall and it was absolutely stunning. The famous swinging bridge is a thrill, but the best view of the river can be had by hiking the trail along the north side of it starting behind the visitor center. We went all the way to the pioneer cemetery which was... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

This park was our destination for a quick trip into the wilderness. I always saw the sign as I whizzed on by eager to get to Duluth and beyond. This time I was going to check it out! I had limited time and a fellow hiker that isn't fond of "climbing mountains", so I opted to stay on an easy... More 

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Elk River, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

Great job rebuilding the park after the devastation!! Clean and we'll cared for. Thanks for supporting veterans!

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Winona, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

We've visited this park a few times and the Swinging Bridge and river views are amazing. They have tons of hiking trails and we came this time to do the Hiking Club trail. The trail had a couple of cool spots on it but nothing picture worthy. We did have a nice hike, be prepared the trail goes down river... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

I parked in the parking lot by Carlton MN. I then took a walk with my dog down the well-kept up trail. There were many beautiful wildflowers for me to take pictures of along the way, and we got a long walk in, on a beautiful day. We viewed the beautiful river gorge from the bridge. There is an excellent... More 

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Cloquet, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Jay Cooke is home of the Swinging Bridge, many wonderful hiking and skiing trails, beautiful overlooks and the only park in the US that has a Power Plant within the park. The park is filled with rich Native American history and even two cemeteries. It is an amazing place to visit.

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Livonia, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

We spent two nights here this summer. The campground was very quiet. The bathrooms a lot less clean than I like. The swing bridge and visitor center were interesting.

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Annandale, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Even if you are not a hiker, this park is the place to stop. I would have loved to have done the hike around the river but time did not permit. However, we were able to stop and take in some of the beautiful sites right near the visitor center. The short walk out to the swing bridge provides panoramic... More 

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Cotton MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Great park office grounds. Clean bathrooms. ample shaded picnic tables. Trails galore. Great for photo's hiking, camping or just a lunch in the park. Nice short walk to the hanging bridge for those not out for the long hike's. Beautiful diverse park.

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