Name: Jay Cooke State Park
Year it became a State Park: 1915 (Fifth in Minnesota)
Section of Minnesota: North woods, Near Duluth
Nearby Town: Cloquet
Positives: In the beautiful valley of the St. Louis River. Close to Interstate Highway 35, right on the way to the North Shore. It’s actually very much like a north shore state park. Perfect for perfect walks.
The Negatives: Nothing comes to mind.
General Comments: This is a beautiful park that has much to offer. You can follow a bike path from this park all the way to Duluth. There are lots of open rocky areas on the river for kids to run around on.
Something You Should See In the Park: Walk down the path from the Visitors center and cross the historic pedestrian swinging bridge. And the view from the scenic overlook Ogantz Trail is classically beautiful after a pleasant walk through ideal woods.
Nearby attraction to visit: Duluth!
Interesting Trivia: The ‘Grand Portage’ Trail is more than 300 years old.
Personal Stories: I had never visited this park before 2010, despite the fact that our family had driven very close to it so many times on the way to the North Shore. But a geocaching opportunity brought us here and I was very pleased to discover how pleasant this park is.
What My Kids Want Me To Say: It’s interesting that this close to, but not quite, a North Shore park.
Jamsco Ranking: Very Nice
Final Word: I think one could reasonably say that Lake Superior is the beginning of the Great Lakes, and one could reasonably say that Duluth is the beginning of Lake Superior. In this Park you have the river (St. Louis) that is the primary source for the lake at Duluth. So this state park is on the beginning of the beginning of the beginning of the Great Lakes of the United States. And that’s saying a lot.