Gooseberry Falls State Park
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Gooseberry Falls is the gateway to the North Shore. It is known for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge, Lake Superior shoreline, Civilian Conservation Corps log and stone structures, and north woods wildlife.
Listen to the thunderous roar of the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls of the Gooseberry River as it plummets through a rocky gorge. Watch for waves, ships, or the moon rise on Lake Superior from an ancient lava flow known as the Picnic Flow.
Hike or ski to see the Fifth Falls through a forest of evergreens, aspen, and birch, and enjoy camping in modern campsites, picnicking, and relaxing along the Lake Superior shoreline or the Gooseberry River.
To get the most out of your visit, stop by the Joseph N. Alexander Visitor Center where you can find park information, interpretive displays, a park video, Nature Store, and more. Don't miss the Gateway Plaza for outdoor interpretive signs on area resources and history.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
This spring, the paved trail leading from the Visitor Center towards the Middle Falls area will be improved. Work is set to begin on Monday, 5/13. During this project a route to the falls will be maintained, but it will not be fully accessible (you will need to use stairs). We're sorry for this inconvenience, but please plan accordingly. (5/24 update - weather delays mean that all falls area trails are open as usual through the holiday weekend, including accessible routes. Work will resume on 5/28.)
Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join us at the visitor center and learn how you can help prevent the spread of terrestrial invasive species and protect our beautiful Minnesota natural resources.
Learn More about the Park:
Self-guided tour: Ideal for group outings, but also fun for families and any visitor to the park. (Information includes photos.)
Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.
Gitchi-Gami State Trail Access:
The 2.5 mile segment of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail that runs through the park is now paved and ready for use - it's great for biking! The trail connects our lower picnic area to the rest of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail along Highway 61, so there is now continuous paved trail from Gooseberry to the town of Beaver Bay, with access to the Gooseberry Visitor Center, campground and the shores of Lake Superior.
Parking is available at our lower picnic area lot, which is adjacent to the trailhead. Due to frequent high levels of traffic, parking for longer than two hours is not always available at our visitor center lots.
Firewood Restrictions Information:
Bird Checklist at Gooseberry Falls State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
3206 Highway 61 East
Two Harbors, MN 55616
From the town of Two Harbors, follow State Highway 61 northeast approximately 13 miles to the park.