Gooseberry Falls State Park is located in the Arrowhead region of northeastern Minnesota near Two Harbors and on the shores of Lake Superior.
Gooseberry Falls is the most popular of the many state parks on the North Shore of Lake Superior attracting a million visitors a year.
This was the first state park established on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Near the entrance to the park, the Gooseberry River plunges down in a series of three waterfalls that drop over massive rock shelves. There are even more falls on the far side of the highway bridge.
Follow the path along the river to the Visitor Center, the gift shop, and some wonderful interpretive displays. Gooseberry Falls' Natural Attractions: The falls, the river, and the Lake Superior shore all combine to make this a stunning park. The river rocks are part of the ancient lava flow known as the Picnic Flow.
The park is along the North Shore flyway and many migratory birds travel through here during spring and fall; more than 225 species of birds nest in, or visit, the park. A wide variety of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians may be seen as well. These can include white-tailed deer, black bears, gray wolves, pine martens, and migratory Lake Superior salmon and trout.
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How to Get to Gooseberry Falls State Park: Drive 13 miles northeast of Two Harbors on State Highway 61.
Things to Do in Gooseberry Falls State Park: This is one of very few places where you can actually walk out near the waterfalls on the smooth rocks. Take care, however, as many people do slip into the water, which is usually shallow, in these spots. Fishing can be good; however, the competition is fierce at times.
Hike the trails that follow the river, lead to the campgrounds, and take you to the Lake Superior shore. Park trails connect to the North Shore Trail and the Superior Hiking Trail. 2.5 miles of paved bike trail connects to the Gitchi Gami State Trail at the picnic flow parking lot. Snowmobiling, cross country skiing and a warming house bring visitors for winter recreation.
Camping in Gooseberry Falls State Park: Four campground loops offer a total of 69 campsites for tents and RVs. None of them have electrical hookups. Picnic tables, fire rings and grills, showers, flush and vault toilets, and a dump station are provided. There are 3 tent-only group campsites; each accommodates up to 50 people. One kayak site is available on a first-come, first-served basis for those traveling the Lake Superior Water trail.
More Attractions in This Region: On your way from Duluth to the park, take a detour to tiny Knife River. Make a stop at some of the many charming restaurants, bakeries, and shops in Two Harbors. The stretch of Highway 61 from here to the Canadian border features many more of Minnesota's most beautiful state parks, interesting small towns, and historic places.
Explore the Gunflint Trail
Hunt for agates along the shore of Lake Superior.
Top 10 North Shore Attractions: Not to be missed.
Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Split Rock Lighthouse State Park > Tettegouche State Park > Temperance River State Park > George Crosby Manitou State Park > Cascade River State Park > Judge C R Magney State Park > Grand Portage State Park
Read why Gooseberry Falls State Park is listed as one of our Top 10 North Shore attractions.Minnesota State Parks Guidebooks
3206 Highway 61 East
Two Harbors, MN 55616
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