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Carlton - Jay Cooke State Park

780 Highway 210

Trailblazers: this park is a must! Park trails link up to the Willard Munger State Trail at the north edge of the park; perfect for backpackers, bikers (both mountain and tour), hikers, horseback riders, and skiers.

Check out the wildflowers in the spring, and the vivid colors in the fall. Walk on the swinging suspension bridge high above the raging St. Louis River. Visit the historic cemetery and the gorge at Thomson Dam.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
This is a good park. The bridge is beautiful the river is beautiful but the facilities are in disrepair there is no running water and the picnic area is falling apart. But if you are only there for a little bit it's a good time but camping is another story. It's like primitive camping in the Shell of modern camping. Overall the park is enjoyable for a day and then it gets boring and drab there is a large amount of parking but not large enough good luck finding parking on a weekend during the summer

Luke Ferguson

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Absolutely wonderful year round state park! One of the few with some decent hills to climb in the bluffs around the river. I've snowshoed, hiked, and camped here enjoying each visit more than the last. Definitely one of my top 3 MN State parks to visit anytime of the year.

Jason Wallace

Monday, March 19, 2018
There's dozens of trails to hike or bike and for the most part are up kept. I highly recommend Oldenburg Overlook right off of Hwy 210. It has a fantastic veiw of the park, a long with a pretty rough trail going down to the river. That being said, have fun climbing you way back up! 😃

Ryan Mattila

Monday, March 12, 2018
Wonderful place to go. There are great lookout points and a ton of hiking trails. The swinging bridge is right next to the parking lot of you just want a quick stop as well. Highly recommend stopping by.

Colleen Danielson

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
Plenty of beautiful trails. And if you don't have the "toys", there are rentals available nearby. I haven't used the rentals, but I've seen bike rentals and kayak rentals. If I were a little younger, I'd love to take them up on their offers. The park has lots of places to use these rentals.

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