Jay Cooke State Park780 East Highway 210
Carlton, MN 55718
From the town of Carlton go 3 miles east on State Highway 210.Get Directions
Hike the historic Grand Portage of the St Louis River. Peer over the swinging bridge at the dramatic rocky river gorge below or pause for a moment in the pioneer cemetery. The forests and vistas make this park a hikers' and skiers' delight. 50 mi of hiking, 8 mi biking, 6 mi horse trails; 34 mi of mostly intermediate cross-country ski and 8 mi snowmobile trails that connect with the Willard Munger State Trail.
The park offers a variety of camping options including tent campsites with tent pads, RV campsites and five camper cabins. Camper cabins have bunk beds, electricity and heat, table with benches, screened porch and outdoor picnic table and campfire ring.
The park offers a variety of naturalist activities and programming year round including guided hikes, phenology and historical presentations.
Geocaching units are available for use. Snowshoes are available for rent. Firewood and ice are sold on-site.
In addition to the Swinging Bridge, other historic sites include the pioneer's cemetery, grand portage trail and several stone structures from the CCC era.
Hours & DatesBook an online reservation 24 hours a day. Phone reservations can be made by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY: 952-936-4008) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily November through March, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily April through October. Call Ctr closed holidays.
Park permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate.
- Open in fall
- Open in winter
On-Site Facilities & Services
- Children's programs (scheduled, supervised)
- Evening entertainment (regularly scheduled)
- Located on a lake or river
- Bike trail
- Cross-country ski trail (groomed)
- Hiking trail
- Snowmobile trail (groomed)
- Snowshoes available
- Energy efficiency/conservation
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Number/Type of Campsites
- Number of camping cabins: 5
- Number of camping cabins available in winter: 5
- Total number of campsites: 113
- Total number of campsites available in winter: 12
- Camping accessible to disabled
- Flush toilets in campground
- Group camp facilities
- Hookups available in winter
- Hot showers in campground
- Lodge/central building
- Pets allowed in campsite
- Pull-through sites
- Sanitary dump station
- Secluded campsites
- State Parks Campgrounds
Length of Stay
- Daily site rental
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 211 reviews
Waterfalls second to none, massive stone gorges and enough trails to get all the spectacular views. There is even a non-motorized trail across a former railroad bridge making spectacular views...
— Bob F, September 12, 2020
This state park is easy to access less than six miles from Interstate 35 on your way to/from Duluth. We missed it numerous times on our trips up north to Duluth or the North Shore. We finally...
— michaelparkguy, August 24, 2020
This state park is an easy stop on your way to Duluth that you don’t want to miss! The swinging bridge is very cool and gives you great views of the St. Louis River. There are plenty of hiking...
— BVELock, August 15, 2020
What a surprise to see full, rushing waters in this park on an August day. We thoroughly enjoyed the scenery; the hiking trail across from the bridge is somewhat difficult in the beginning because...
— Laurene M, August 10, 2020
This is a beautiful State Park along the banks of the Saint Louis River that runs between Carlton and Duluth , Minnesota. There are plenty of hiking trails view points and points of interest...
— Colin A, August 8, 2020