Nice hiking trails. Not too difficult. Family friendly
This is a beautiful park with tons of great hiking trails and amazing waterfalls. The campground is also really nice, and very popular. It was sold out the day I was there. I was surprised it was sold out considering there was no water, no showers, and no toilets due to major construction to fix the plumbing of the entire campground and to build new bathrooms. The campground is set up with a series of loops in a wooded area, so most campsites have nice privacy. You need to check in at the ranger station to get your campsite and learn about the water problems/solutions, as well as pay for your site and pay for the day use permit. I was kind of glad it was sold out as I found it to be very pricy for a campground that had no water or toilets (they did have porta potties). But, the hiking trails and waterfalls were definitely worth the visit.
I love Jay Cooke year round! The tent camping is great, the park is amazing for hiking and geology study, and there are camper cabins that I have often stayed at as well. This was my first time staying in winter, the camper cabins are cozy and fully heated and really nice. People use them when coming here in winter for the terrific cross country skiing or snowshoeing. The cabins are very simple and have beds, table, heat, and electricity, but no water inside (water punps are nearby, so bring a bucket ir canteen) and no bathroom (but you can use the outhouse nearby, and the campground will have a new bath house by early summer, it is inder construction and almost finished!) . You can use the facilities at the visitor center during the day but they arent open in the evening and are a bit of a trek from the campground. But, it you want to camp in warmth and relative comfort, and want to explire this amazing state park, the camper cabins are a great way to go year round! You can reserve campsites too if you have an RV or dont mind winter camping
Set up winter camp and had a blast. Great sites. Easy to get to. Well marked trails. Next to stream. Staff are nice. Beautiful park.
Stayed at campground. Nice and well maintained. Family camping.
Should you find yourself heading to the north shore, take a break and hit the trails of Jay Cooke. A variety of trails awaits you. If you have more time, then reserve a campsite and explore the many wonders of this area.
campsites are nice and spacious and plenty of trees for privacy. Hanging bridge is neat and beautiful rapids along the river, makes for a nice hike
This is one of my favorite campgrounds! The sites are gorgeous and well-spaced. There is running water & vault toilets - they are currently renovating their running toilets & shower as of 2018, but that should be back up for the 2019 season. The hiking trails are BEAUTIFUL, including parts of the Superior Hiking Trail! The park staff are courteous and well-informed. You can purchase firewood, ice, and souvenirs at the park headquarters during open hours. The sites are reserve-only, so check online and book before you go. I also love that it's only a 20-30 minute drive to Duluth!
This season, need to bring own water in.
Jay Cooke is a great place to drive to for a day hike of exploring and sitting nearby the rapids. This is a great spot for some light rapids kayaking! You can beach your kayak after the busy section and just sit and enjoy the water and go for a hike. This place gets pretty busy in the summer so I'd suggest going in the early morning to avoid most people and get the most out of your time there!
Additionally, the roads nearby and going through the park are really windy and pretty fun to drive on. You can drive right along the water for a good stretch of road which makes the trip all that much better!