Jay Cooke State Park

Lake Superior North Shore, Minnesota

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Jay Cooke State Park


  • St. Louis River at sunset in Jay Cooke State Park.- Jay Cooke State Park
  • River Inn Interpretive Center.- Jay Cooke State Park
  • Swing bridge in Jay Cooke State Park.- Jay Cooke State Park
  • St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park.- Jay Cooke State Park
  • Swing bridge in Jay Cooke State Park.- Jay Cooke State Park
  • Sunset over the St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park.- Jay Cooke State Park
  • - Jay Cooke State Park
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Unique swing bridge. Mutli-use park.
East entrance closure.
Due to the floods in 2012, the East Entrance from Highway 23 is closed.
Lake Superior North Shore, MN
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Jay Cooke State Park offers a little bit for everyone. Anyone who loves trails will love this park as the park trails connect with the Willard Munger State Trail. These trails are very popular as they are multi-use trails, and if you decide to leave the state park to go on the Willard Munger Trail you will find yourself on a 63-mile long trail.  At Jay Cooke State Park you can find the popular swinging suspension bridge that crosses the fast waters of St. Louis River. This bridge was recently restored after it was destroyed in the floods of 2012. The park is roughly 8,000 acres and has an abundance of wildflowers and wildlife. 

In the summer the park offers:

  • 50 miles of hiking trails 
  • 8 miles of paved biking trails 
  • 13 miles of mountain bike trails 
  • 6 miles of horseback trails. 

In the Winter the park offers:

  • 32 miles of cross-country skiing
  • 7 miles of snowshoeing trails. 

Camping is available at this park and sites range from backpack only sites to RV sites to cabins that have with showers and bathrooms. Different state park maps are available and applicable to different seasons.

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