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Jay Cooke State Park

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Address: 780 Highway 210, Carlton, MN 55718
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+1 218-384-4610

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Great fat tire trails!

Jay Cooke State Park has challenging fat tire trails with many hills. This is a multiuser trail so be cautious of others. We were there during a weekday and we were the only... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Hugo, Minnesota
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Hugo, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Jay Cooke State Park has challenging fat tire trails with many hills. This is a multiuser trail so be cautious of others. We were there during a weekday and we were the only people on the trail. This course was difficult and I was exhausted after the ride. We will definitely come back.

Thank 7wonderstraveler
Cloquet, Minnesota
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9 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Picnic here regularly, walking the nature trails, crossing the swinging bridge, and watching kayakers. I was surprised, when I met someone from California, who said he camped here with his family when he was young. It is a beautiful park, and well maintained. It borders the Munger Trail, which is over 200 miles long. It is a paved biking trail.... More 

Thank Phillip D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

I have biked and walked the trails in the park many times and it never gets old. It is very conveniently located within 10-15 miles or so of Duluth and 5 miles from Cloquet. Very peaceful and is great for biking, hiking, snowmobiling, or cross country skiing. So nice to have nearly right out my back door!

Thank David P
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69 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped here on our drive home for a winter hike and to get some energy out before a long drive home. Great because it's only $5 for the parking pass. In the winter there a few great spots you can drive to for a very short walk in to see some beautiful views. We stopped in at the ranger... More 

Thank HJS11
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 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!

Thank JewelsinMN
Marshalltown, Iowa
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99 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 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 

Thank Dee D
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 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 

Thank Jean W
Elk River, Minnesota
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Karen R
Winona, Minnesota
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83 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 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 

Thank Sid_and_Roxy
Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 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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