Explore Gooseberry Falls

Added by Allison Herreid

Gooseberry Falls is one of Minnesota’s most popular state parks due to its easy access to multiple scenic waterfalls.

Gooseberry Falls State Park is the first State Park you hit traveling up the North Shore after leaving Duluth. Located 13 miles north of Two Harbors on Highway 61, Gooseberry Falls State Park a quick turn off of the highway which is very well marked with signs. Follow signs for Falls parking.

You can stop by the Visitor’s Center to pick up a map of the park, visit some of the exhibits they have, or attend some of the naturalists programs they offer. After heading out, follow the signs for the Middle/Lower falls. It is about .3 miles to the popular Middle Falls. The path is paved the entire way and is wheelchair accessible.

Once you reach the falls, there is plenty to explore. The water level of the falls varies frequently, but if it is low enough, it is easy to walk through the shallow water and over the rocks to get close to the base of the falls. You can follow stairs to descend further along the river to see the lower falls. Alternatively, you can continue climbing the stairs and follow a path for about .3 miles to reach the Upper Falls. The short traveling distance is attractive to the many tourists that make Gooseberry Falls their first stop along the North Shore.

Avoid the Crowds
During the summer months, Gooseberry is very crowded as it is known as the “gateway to the North Shore.” To avoid crowds, try to get to the park during the earlier morning hours. Visiting during other seasons can also help avoid the large crowds and provide a nice change in scenery. The falls freeze over in the winter, but if you explore during these times be aware that the river ice is never completely safe. There is also a 2 mile round-trip hike to the park’s Fifth Falls that is often less crowded.

Read More

Tags

Chillin
Photography
Swimming
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

It's Great, But There Are Better

This park is beautiful. The falls are very rad, and even cooler in the winter when frozen. CON: A lot of people come here, so if you're looking for a bit of a solitaire space, this isn't it.

🥈 Contributor

almost 5 years ago

A North Shore favorite!

Excellent area to explore and photograph! Great area for camping as well; beautiful campground next to Lake Superior.

Stay Nearby

Brimson, Minnesota

Cadotte Lake

Overview Cadotte Lake Campground lines the western shore of Cadotte Lake in Superior National Forest. A boat ramp and fishing dock make the campground convenient for anglers, and the sandy swimming...

Bayfield, Wisconsin

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Camping Permits

Overview The Apostle Islands are Wisconsin's northernmost landscape. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore includes 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland on the south shore of Lake Superior. The lakesho...

Makinen, Minnesota

Whiteface Reservoir

Overview Whiteface Reservoir Campground offers an ideal getaway for anglers, boaters and families. The provided swim beach, accessible fishing dock, playground and five picnic areas offer hours of ...

Ely, Minnesota

Birch Lake Campground

Overview Birch Lake Campground is located in Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, about 13 miles from Ely, Minnesota. It is an ideal place to relax while enjoyin...

Nearby Adventures

  • Snowshoe to Corundum Point at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

    Although there are dozens of ways to do this trip and I encourage you to explore, I suggest one hike that I think does a good job of introducing this areas to new visitors. If you are planning on snowshoeing like I suggest, try to get a day with a...

    5.8 miles 240 ft gain

  • Hike to the Fifth Falls of the Gooseberry River

    Gooseberry Falls State Park is the first State Park you hit traveling up the North Shore after leaving Duluth. Located 13 miles north of Two Harbors on Highway 61, Gooseberry Falls State Park a quick turn off of the highway which is very well mark...

    2 miles 100 ft gain

  • Bike the Gitchi-Gami from Gooseberry to Split Rock

    The Gitchi-Gami is a paved bike path that will eventually extend from Two Harbors to Grand Marais. As it currently stands (2015), there's a really great segment that starts in Gooseberry Falls State Park and runs all the way to the town of Beaver ...

    16 miles

  • Snowshoe the Split Rock River Loop Trail

    Beginning at the Split Rock Wayside rest stop, start your hike up the Spur Trail. About half a mile in, the Spur Trail will junction with the Superior Hiking Trail. The trail gradually ascends along the west side of the Split Rock River. Within...

    5 miles 280 ft gain