If your pup is itching to spend some time in the great outdoors, then load ‘em up and head over to the Jay Cooke State Park. This beautiful parcel of land surrounds a portion of the St. Louis River. The river’s gorge, steep valleys, unique rock formations, and thick forests all combine to make this a furrific park your pup won’t want to miss.
One of the park's main attractions is the pawsome
network of trails. A whopping 50 miles of
trail winds throughout the park and showcases the wooded terrain and powerful
river. If you only have time for one hike, opt for the Silver Creek Trail. Your pooch will love hiking this grassy path
through birch and basswood trees. Plus, this trail has one of the park’s most
notable features- the Swinging Bridge. As they cross the river, your pal can
look down at the swift water and be glad they are safe on the bridge. All in all, this hike is 3.5 miles.
Stay an extra day or two so your pooch can have more time to
explore the trails. Jay Cooke State Park has drive-in, electric, backpack,
walk-in, and group campsites. During peak season, modern restrooms, showers,
and a dump station are all available. If
you are only going to stay for the day, bring some sandwiches and enjoy a
leisurely lunch with your furry friend in one of the two picnic areas. Or rent the Oldenburg Point Shelter and bring
the whole pack along for a pawty!
While exploring the park, don’t forget to always have a clean up bag ready to go and pick up after your four legged companion when necessary. And be sure to carry plenty of water on your hike, you don’t want a thirsty pooch on your hands. Your pup will agree, a day at Jay Cooke State Park is time well spent!