Gooseberry Falls State Park, Two Harbors

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Home to a four-level waterfall and some of the best trout fishing in the state, Gooseberry Falls State Park is a haven for people seeking outdoor activity and scenic views. Located on the North Shore of Lake Superior, this park offers 29 km (18 mi) of hiking trails and 13 km (8 mi) of mountain biking trails. See waterfalls rush into the river gorge, visit the ancient lava flow nearby, walk along the lake's shoreline, or explore the forests, keeping an eye out for the area's diverse wildlife. Several sites are available at the park's campground, and you can make reservations in advance online. Stop by the Joseph N. Alexander Visitor Center and gift shop to learn more about the park's offerings and history. Arrange to visit Gooseberry Falls State Park and other attractions in Two Harbors using our Two Harbors trip builder.
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  • August 13, 2017
    This park is beautiful & fun for the kids. We did a Group camping and they allow our group to use the shower free. Awesome!!! No electricity & they have running waters in the parking. Anytime you have...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    It was our first time to go up on the North Shore of Lake Superior. First make sure you check the weather before you go. The weather can change rapidly and fog can ruin the day. The day we went was ab...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Very nice well kept trails. Gooseberry Falls is a must stop on the North shore! Be prepared to walk, and I recommend flip-flops or Crocs so you can cool your feet in the water-it is awesome!  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    This is a great place to hike with some great views of the falls. There are trails for people that don't want lots of steps and a couple trails for those looking for some exercise. They have lots of parking for cars and a lot specific for campers and trailers. The place has nice restrooms and a well stocked general store with some snacks. This place is great for dogs that like to get a bit wet by the river or just watch other dogs splash and play. Bring your camera as there are quite a few views of the falls that you can photograph.
  • June 8, 2017
    A nice place to stop and explore on the North Shore. The visitor's center was nice, clean washrooms, and changing areas for babies, the gift shop had a lot of things to browse. The paths down to the falls were well laid out and easy to navigate. The falls themselves were really great to see, many different parts to explore. You could climb across the river and get right up to the falls. It was really nice to see and experience the falls in this way.
  • June 16, 2017
    This park is so well maintained. Lots of space so you never feel crowded. There are so many cool places to explore. Also when we were there, it was in the upper 90's and it was a beautiful 50's and 60's. Natural air conditioning. 😄
  • July 6, 2017
    This is a wonderful state park along MN North Shore. There is something for everyone here. There is a beautiful gift shop and visitor center with some small exibits about the geology and wildlife in the region. The main attraction are the falls and there is an easy paved path to them. You can also take a rockier hike to them if you wish. One of our favorite hikes is to leave the main paved path and take the Fifth Falls trail loop; while the falls aren't as impressive as the main falls the hike is beautiful and goes along the river. It can be a bit rocky and steep at points so you should watch small children. You should also make sure to go out to the beach (you do have to get a park permit to drive into that portion of the park). Not as many people go out here and there are some beautiful views, picnic tables, and some great hiking that you can do away from the falls crowds. This is one of the most crowded state parks on the North Shore but it is easy to access for everyone. If you want something less crowded with equally beautiful waterfalls I would recommend Tettegouche, Temperance River, or Cascade River State Parks.
  • June 15, 2017
    It's a nice place to visit, not hard to get to. If your disabled the falls are wheelchair accessible. The falls are best after rain. Go during the early to mid week to avoid crowds.

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