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#13 of 80 state parks in Minnesota

Best trails in Jay Cooke State Park

468 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Jay Cooke State Park, Minnesota? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 8 easy trails in Jay Cooke State Park ranging from 1.7 to 5.7 miles and from 928 to 1,089 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

If you are visiting Jay Cooke State Park you are probably ready for an adventure! This is the perfect place for hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, horseback riding or skiing in the winter. This park is also famous for its colorful landscapes of wildflowers in spring, its swinging suspension bridge above the St. Louis River and its Thomson Dam. $7 access fee per car

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Map of trails in Jay Cooke State Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Contact
218-673-7000
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Top trails (11)
#1 - Silver Creek Trail
Jay Cooke State Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
Silver Creek Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carlton, Minnesota that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options aShow more
#2 - Carlton and Thomson Trail Loop
Jay Cooke State Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
Rugged and scenic trail with many amazing viewsShow more
#3 - Superior Hiking Trail (Entire Route)
Jay Cooke State Park
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Length: 283.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Superior Hiking Trail follows the rocky ridgeline above Lake Superior from the Wisconsin-Minnesota border to the Canadian border. The Trail is built, maintained, and managed by the Superior HikingShow more
#4 - CCC, Forbay, William Munger, and Carlton Trail Loop
Jay Cooke State Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
CCC, Forbay, William Munger, and Carlton Trail Loop is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Esko, Minnesota that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily uShow more
#5 - Summer and Silver Creek Trail Loop
Jay Cooke State Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
Summer and Silver Creek Trail Loop is a 5.7 mile loop trail located near Esko, Minnesota that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, Show more
#6 - East Ridge Trail
Jay Cooke State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 52 m
East Ridge Trail is a 1.9 mile loop trail located near Esko, Minnesota that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running.Show more
#7 - Forbay Trail
Jay Cooke State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 46 m
Forbay Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Esko, Minnesota that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking,Show more
#8 - Ogantz Trail
Jay Cooke State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 57 m
As of July 31, 2020, users have reported this trail is closed before the river crossing. Please consult the park's website before visiting.Show more
#9 - Forbay, CCC, and White Pine Trail Loop
Jay Cooke State Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
Forbay, CCC, and White Pine Trail Loop is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Esko, Minnesota that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primariShow more
#10 - West Ridge Trail
Jay Cooke State Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h
West Ridge Trail is a 2.2 mile loop trail located near Esko, Minnesota that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.Show more
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