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 202 reviews
We took our two kids, 11 and 13, and our dog out for some hiking. The kids liked climbing on the rocks by the river. The bridge was neat to cross over. We also like the hike, we went the end of...
— Jesse S, May 29, 2020
Beautiful park! Can’t wait to come back when it’s nice outside to fully enjoy the trails. They have groomed walking areas now that are just fine but with littles it was a little too windy/cold to...
— WanderlustBer42, February 16, 2020
One of my fave places to visit with my family when I’m in Duluth area! Must sees are the Swing Bridge, Pioneer Cemetery, Thompson Dam, & all the rock formations. Trails are well marked & park is...
— Krista826, November 3, 2019
This is a beautiful state park with spectacular views of the roaring river waters, jetted rock formations and quiet prairie land. Many elevation changes. The day we were there the trails were very...
— MNSandSeeker, October 25, 2019
We stayed here on our cross country road trip for one night. A big reason for choosing this was that it's pet friendly. Our campsite was located near the bathroom but not an issue. Nice private...
— JMlove2explore, October 11, 2019