CARLTON. Minn -

At Jay Cooke people are already taking advantage of the change in colors and uncrowded trails with the weather cooling down and school back in session fewer people camp at the park during the week making weekdays an ideal time to enjoy a peaceful hike.

Ty Gangelhoff, Assistant Manager of Jay Cooke's Parks and Trails says, "It's very odd. On a Sunday afternoon it can be very busy down in this river area, but if you get to the back portion of our hiking trails, we have about 50 miles worth in the park, it can be very solitary."

Jay Cooke hiker Tom Miller comments, "We really enjoy this time of year because there are fewer people. You can wear light clothing but won't get hot. Bugs are down, leaves are beginning to change."

While traffic is busier on the weekends, park officials tell FOX 21 there is plenty of parking available. Jay Cooke State Park is located about 10 miles southwest of Duluth off Highway 210. The park is open to the public from 8am to 10pm daily.