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October 12, 2016

Jay Cooke State Park

 Without ever seeing photos or being told what to expect at Jay Cooke State Park, I arrived open minded and was blown away at the views surrounding me. Walking along the eroded gorge, watching the St. Louis River bend around the exposed slate, I couldn't help myself but to take hundreds of photos trying to capture the beauty.

My friend, Leah and I hiked along the river side and found hiking trails that opened in all directions, allowing you to branch off and take in the scenery for miles around the park. The colored leaves paved the paths making our hike more colorful and beautiful than ever. With over 50 miles of hiking trails within the state park, you can choose the views you wish to see. Leah and I hiked up and down the rivers edge and through the quiet backwoods which we had all to ourselves.

If you have the chance to visit Duluth, make sure to stop at Jay Cooke State Park to camp and / or explore the park for all the gorgeous scenery around.