Jay Cooke State Park is located in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota near Carlton and Cloquet.
Jay Cooke’s Natural Attractions: The wild and rapids-filled St. Louis River winds through the park, cutting a deep and scenic gorge that attracts hikers and sight-seers. Just a few of the many birds and animals that make this park their home are black bears, timber wolves, coyotes, pileated woodpeckers, marsh hawks, and great blue herons. A park naturalist conducts programs year-round.
How to Get to Jay Cooke State Park: Drive 3 miles east from Carlton on State Highway 210.
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Things to Do in Jay Cooke State Park: Hike high above the St. Louis River on the swinging suspension bridge. Explore the gorge at Thompson Dam. Drive the Rushing Rapids Parkway for scenic views of the area. Watch, or join, the kayakers shooting the rapids. Some people come here to cliff-dive from the rocks along the river.
Fifty miles of hiking trails wind through the park. You will also find 8 miles of bike trails that connect to the Willard Munger State Trail, and 6 miles of horse trails. The Visitor Center has a large room with a fireplace, and there are two large picnic areas. In winter you will find 32 miles of cross-country ski trails, 6 miles of snowshoe trails, and a warming house.
Camping in Jay Cooke State Park: There are 79 drive-in campsites for tents and RVs; 21 sites have electrical hookups. There are also 4 backpack sites, 3 walk-in sites, and 2 group campsites that each accommodates up to 25 people. Five camper cabins are available; call the park for reservation information. Campsite amenities include picnic tables, fire rings, showers, flush and vault toilets, and a dump station.
More Attractions in This Region: Visit Hinckley Minnesota on your way up to the park. Nearby Carlton is now known primarily for the Black Bear Casino. Larger Cloquet Minnesota is worth a visit, if only to see the Lindholm Service Station designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Make a stop at Gordy’s High Hat for their nationally famous burgers and malts. If you have time, drive the few miles into Duluth and explore a bit of the city and the North Shore of Lake Superior.
780 Highway 210
Carlton, MN 55718