Jay Cooke State Park is one of the most popular state parks in the Duluth area – if not the entire state of Minnesota – and for good reason! During the summer, it’s a fantastic place to enjoy some hiking and mountain biking, and to enjoy an outing in nature. Surprisingly (well, not surprising to us, to those who aren’t from Duluth!), this park is just as great of a place to visit in the winter.
Jay Cooke State Park is located on the scenic St. Louis River and is less than 30 minutes from our Bed and Breakfast in Duluth MN. It’s an easy place to get to for a little bit of winter fun. And afterward, you can return to our Duluth Bed and Breakfast, where our warming gas fireplaces and romantic ambiance are waiting for you. What are you waiting for? Book your room at our luxury Bed and Breakfast in Duluth MN today!
Jay Cooke State Park is a Winter Wonderland!
We’ve talked about all of the wondrous beauty that awaits you at Jay Cooke State Park before – but typically we focus on summer and fall adventures when the weather is a bit warmer (and the crowds a bit thicker). And while we certainly don’t want to take away from the incredible experience you’ll have at this park during the summer, we also want to point out just how beautiful and peaceful an afternoon spent at Jay Cooke State Park is in the winter!
There’s something magical about cross country skiing or snowshoeing through the forest at this beautiful park. In total, there are 32 miles of cross country skiing trails, ranging from easy to difficult. Of these 32 miles, 20 of them are groomed. The further you get from the park office, the more likely you are to encounter non-groomed areas where you’ll welcome to explore on your own.
Of course, the non-groomed areas might be easier to access on snowshoes, which is also a popular way to spend an afternoon at Jay Cooke State Park in the winter. One of the more popular trails is the Thompson Trail, which gives you access to the popular swinging bridge. The view from the bridge out over the wintry landscapes below is a beautiful sight to behold! If your snowshoeing, just make sure you stay off of the groomed ski trails.
Jay Cooke State Park also connects up to Willard Munger Trail System, which is great for snowmobiling. There are three different segments of trail within this network, which offers plenty of miles of recreational fun in the winter. The network includes the 70-mile Hinckley – Duluth segment, which is paved and passes near Banning State Park and Moose Lake State Park. The Matthew Lourey State Trail is an 80-mile trail that is very popular with snowmobilers.
The Best Place to Stay in Duluth
Choosing a place to stay in Duluth is easy! There’s only one Bed and Breakfast in Duluth that has been named not just the #1 Bed and Breakfast in the country TWICE but has been a Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Award Winner for 10 consecutive years, and that is the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast. Stay with the best, stay at the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast! Stay small, stay safe!
Exploring the vast wilderness surrounding Duluth is one of our favorite things to do in the winter, followed only by spending a few relaxing and romantic moments at our Duluth MN Bed and Breakfast, of course. Each of our guest rooms is luxuriously appointed with plush king or queen beds, a gas fireplace, and many with jacuzzi or whirlpool tubs for two. We offer a range of packages and romantic enhancements that offer that perfect finishing touch for your getaway.
And, with just 7 rooms on offer, you can be assured there will never be large crowds here. As a member of the Stay Small Stay Safe program with Select Registry, we’re doing everything we can to keep our guests healthy while still offering the break we all need this winter. Book your room at our Bed and Breakfast in Duluth Mn today!