Jay Cooke State Park is one of Minnesota’s most scenic places, with hiking opportunities surrounding the rushing St. Louis river. It’s also home to the iconic swinging bridge, which offers you sweeping views of the river below, while you’re swaying from the wind (or the children jumping at the bridge’s end). While it’s not necessarily nerve-wracking to walk across the bridge, standing in the middle, slightly swaying, staring down at the raging river that has destructive force enough to have destroyed the bridge twice already, is definitely mesmerizing and a bit scary.

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