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Pets allowed
Yes
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
Yes
Lodging
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Pros

Unique swing bridge. Mutli-use park.

Cons

East entrance closure.

Address

MN-210
780
Carlton, MN 55718
United States

Features

ADA accessible
Campgrounds + Campsites
Showers
Backcountry camping
Flushing toilets
Bicycling
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Waterfalls
Fishing
Horseback riding

Site type

Full hookups
Cabins

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Comments

12.28.18
We went and explored this park in the winter and the river is breathtaking. It was a bit sketchy on the trails due to recent freezing rain, but the kids loved to slide around on their backsides!
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