Jay Cooke State Park

Cloquet, Minnesota

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West of Duluth. A short trail through a large park that follows the Saint Louis River from the rocky gorge to the high, red, clay banks. Special attractions: The Saint Louis River Gorge, the swinging bridge, and overlooks of the river valley; also backcountry camping. For most visitors, the Saint Louis River Gorge is Jay Cooke State Park’s main draw, though it was not always as appreciated as it is today. As the western terminus of the Great Lakes trade route, it was an impediment for early explorers and voyageurs who were forced to portage around the rapids, going up steep slopes and over sharp rocks. From here they were able to access the wild interior and link the east coast with the Gulf of Mexico—by way of the Mississippi River and one more portage.
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by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)

West of Duluth. A short trail through a large park that follows the Saint Louis River from the rocky gorge to the high, red, clay banks. Special attractions: The Saint Louis River Gorge, the swinging bridge, and overlooks of the river valley; also backcountry camping.

For most visitors, the Saint Louis River Gorge is Jay Cooke State Park’s main draw, though it was not always as appreciated as it is today. As the western terminus of the Great Lakes trade route, it was an impediment for early explorers and voyageurs who were forced to portage around the rapids, going up steep slopes and over sharp rocks. From here they were able to access the wild interior and link the east coast with the Gulf of Mexico—by way of the Mississippi River and one more portage.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cloquet
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 180 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Trailhead Elevation: 910 feet
Top Elevation: 910 feet
Local Contacts: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Maps: State park trail map; USGS quads: Esko and Cloquet.
Driving Directions: Directions to Jay Cooke State Park

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