Family Weekender: Minneapolis
A weekend in Jay Cooke Park is like wandering through the pages of our northland heritage.
The biggest hit with kids, however, is not the portage trail above the river but the squeaky 1930s era swinging footbridge that spans its banks.
The east side of the footbridge is a prime area for family exploration, and a good place to climb around on the tumbled rocks of the gorge that made upriver canoeing impassable to early travelers and traders. From there, modern adventurers can head deeper into the pine and hardwood forest to view wildflowers (best from late Spring to mid-July) or spend an isolated night by a clear trout creek at one of the backpacking campsites.
How about hiking above the Thompson Dam to watch kayakers and rafters on the upper rapids? Or better yet-if your kids are at least twelve years old-make plans in advance for a whitewater rafting trip of your own!
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication