Mom and my sisters visited Jay Cooke State Park on their way to the 2018 Sniffover, nose work camp. It was a gorgeous day out, and Mom always enjoys stopping somewhere along the way for a nice walk before getting to camp. They were actually at the swinging bridge, which is the most popular part of the park.
If you want to hike along the St. Louis River in the park, you have to first cross the swinging bridge. Mom was afraid my sisters would not go across the bridge. It is 200 feet long, suspended fairly high over the river, with mesh sides, and it moves. To Mom’s surprise, Bailie and Madison crossed the bridge over and back without any second thoughts, or hesitation. They can be pretty brave I guess.
It’s tough to get a good shot of the bridge as there are constantly people crossing, taking photos, etc. They had someone else take this photo of the three of them right after they crossed the bridge heading back to the car.
This part of the river is a thirteen mile long rocky gorge. I guess it is pretty amazing as there are no barriers. People, and their dogs can climb out, over the rocks as they like. Mom was a bit scared, and my sisters were a bit wild, but no one was hurt.
There were trails through the woods along the river, some had bridges which were simply a split log. Mom refused to go across, but she did have Bailie pose.
Madison, our sports dog, tried her paws at some rock climbing. She quickly learned it is not an easy task. Rocks are slippery, and pretty steep.
They are doing some work on the forest along the trails, and there was a huge pile of logs on the one side of the river.
When you are on the trails above the river, there is a lot of green. Mom found some tiny ticks on my sisters after they returned to the car. It’s always important to check for ticks after hiking around in wooded or grassy areas.
My sisters and Mom didn’t have a lot of time, just about an hour to hike around this new area for them. It is definitely, a place they want to go back and visit, but with a bit more time.
All the rocks make the going a bit tough. It had recently rained which created some puddles and slippery rock surfaces.
No doubt Madison is already looking forward to spending a few hours hiking around the rocks in the river, and along the wooded trails next to the river at Jay Cooke State Park. It is really a beautiful area one should visit if you are heading up to northern Minnesota.