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Jay Cooke State Park

780 Highway 210, Carlton, MN 55718-9702
+1 218-384-4610
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One of MN'S best state parks!

Just returning from a one night girls tent camping trip from JCSP, I must say it was a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Shoreview, Minnesota
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Great Hike!

We hiked 10 miles in Jay Cooke State Park. Great trails that are well maintained and neat things... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Saint Michael, Minnesota
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“swing bridge” (14 reviews)
“louis river” (13 reviews)
“state park” (12 reviews)
780 Highway 210, Carlton, MN 55718-9702
+1 218-384-4610
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Just returning from a one night girls tent camping trip from JCSP, I must say it was a beautiful, scenic retreat with many possibilities. A few more days in the area would have been great, but we managed to do some hiking along the Saint...More

Thank DebfraMN
Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked 10 miles in Jay Cooke State Park. Great trails that are well maintained and neat things to see. Nice to get away from the busyness of life and get out in nature.

Thank 744darekd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did 2 days of camping at Jay Cooke. The St Louis River provided gorgeous views for hiking through the park. I felt like I was away in the mountains somewhere. The park provides many miles of hiking and bike trails are plentiful. I did...More

Thank Emily J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently camped her for 4 days. The campsites are separated from each other by plenty of woods and brush. It gives a feeling of being away from other people but yet you have the security of knowing that they are there if you need...More

Thank BrejchaK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went camping with extended family ages infant to 40's. The hiking was great! We walked the "easy" trails and had enjoyed the river, swing bridge and wildlife (deer are there - take the time to look around). We even ventured to a historical cemetery...More

Thank Wendy D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of different level trails, even for those of us that are not so steady on our feet or as nimble as mountain goats. Definitely want to continue to go there again and again.

Thank Bothseekers108
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

This state park where we spent three nights during the week camping, had great evening programming courtesy of naturalist Kate who regaled us with tales of owls and a delightful hike. The scenic St Louis river affords beautiful photography opportunities and the hiking trails were...More

Thank finlandia1970
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Visiting Jay Cooke feels like visiting the Northwest. The terrains and river are beautiful and there are plenty of trails to roam about. No trip would be complete without walking over the swing bridge! Top Tip: Check out the buildings built by the MN CCC.

Thank MacGirl_12
Reviewed 9 July 2017

I love Jay Cooke. It's the first place I "backcountry camped", saw a black bear and her 3 cubs, got woken up by porcupines rubbing up against our tent (thought the bear had come back!). It's a typically quick drive from the cities (not counting...More

Thank JCJake
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

We spent almost 4 hours at the park. It's a beautiful park with a lot of trails. The employee in the headquarters suggested a 3.4 mile route which we attempted but could not complete because some of the River Trail was way too muddy, and...More

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26 July 2017|
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Response from finlandia1970 | Reviewed this property |
crowded on the weekends in summer, typically, like most major destination mn state parks
Heather H
22 December 2016|
Response from Mark1539 | Reviewed this property |
They have nice cross country ski trails, snowmobile trials and some areas to do some snowshoe hikes.