Though there are many trails and parks to choose from in the Duluth area, there’s one that you really must see next time you’re in town. Jay Cooke State Park is an absolute must for visitors to Duluth, especially if you’re into hiking, biking, or trailblazing of any variety. The wildflowers are in bloom, the river is raging beneath the towering suspension bridge, and the trails will take you on a journey for miles. They even hook up with the Willard Munger State Trail on the north end of the park, extending the potential for exploration even further. Come visit us at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast this spring, and get outside to enjoy the stunning expanses of nature at Jay Cooke State Park.
Jay Cooke State Park
In total, Jay Cooke State Park, which was first established in 1915, encompasses over 8,000 acres of parkland, and provides an important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. It’s open to the public year-round, providing an extraordinary destination for Duluth’s many outdoor enthusiasts. There are over 50 miles of hiking trails that will take you beautiful wooded areas, fields of colorful wildflowers, and along the raging waters of the St. Louis River, which cuts right through the center of the park. One of these trails, the Grand Portage Trail, was used over 300 years ago! There are also 8 miles of paved bike trails, and 13 miles of incredible mountain biking trails in the park. In the winter, of course, these trails open up as cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails.
Throughout the park, visitors will enjoy the water-eroded gorge, steep valleys, and massive rock formations that make this park uniquely beautiful. During this time of year, you’re likely to see the powerful St. Louis River thundering over slabs of ancient, exposed rock, while during the summer it slows to a trickle. One of the most popular attractions in Jay Cooke State Park is the suspension bridge, which swings over the raging waters of the St. Louis River below. The Thomson Dam & the Upper River Gorge are also a beautiful site to see. Don’t miss the views from Oldenburg Point, either. It’s located just down river from the main park headquarters, and offers spectacular vistas of the Saint Louis River Valley.
After a day spend picnicking and exploring the beautiful corners of Jay Cooke State Park, head back to the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast in Duluth, where you’ll enjoy exceptional hospitality and comfortable accommodations. Our Inn sits on two private acres in the historic Congdon Mansion district, overlooking the beautiful shores of Lake Superior. There’s no place else quite like us in Duluth. Experience our unsurpassed luxury today, and book your room at our elegant Duluth Bed and Breakfast today.