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 & DatesPark permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate.
Book an online reservation 24 hours a day.
Phone reservations can be made by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY: 952-936-4008) Apr–Sep, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. D
- Open in fall
- Open in winter
- Open in summer
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 226 reviews
Spectacular views of the St Louis River as it cascades though this beautiful State Park. The Swinging Bridge area is near the main parking lot and is the central focus of the Park but there are many...
— TravelingSoccerLoon, September 29, 2021
In reading about the Park, I thought it would be a nice beginning area to go to for our entry into Minnesota. There is a neat bridge over the river and falls up above. Once over the bridge, near the...
— MikeB1952, September 16, 2021
Perfect place to stop on our way up to Duluth. A bit off of the highway (about 10 minutes) but VERY worth it. You'll need a state park sticker to enter. There is a very nice visitor center with...
— Julie A, July 28, 2021
Even with extremely low river levels, it's a beautiful place to visit. The drought meant lack of bugs when we were there too, which is always a huge plus.
— mnshutterbug, July 25, 2021
Another GREAT state park. We are so lucky to live in this state and have these beautiful parks. We hiked the silver creek trail which is about 3.5 miles. You first go over the swinging bridge...
— Janet B, June 27, 2021