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Gooseberry Falls State Park, Two Harbors

Categories: Biking Trails, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.8/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web
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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  • We stopped here to see the waterfalls and took the trail that leads to the shore of Lake superior. The beach had beautiful rocks and cliffs. It was a lovely walk in the fall. At the lower falls, if yo...  read more »
  • Great stop to stretch your legs and do a short hike. The falls are just beautiful. You can do some hiking around the falls if you would like. Kids love it as well as adults. 
  • This park has amazing waterfalls, which you can walk right up to. There are plenty of hiking trails. I was mainly interested in stopping here to see the buildings that the CCC built. They are beautifu...  read more »
  • Great place to visit! Awesome scenic views of lake superior and the falls. Only thing is the trails are packed of course because it is well known. So it is not a secret scenic place, in my opinion i feel so much closer to nature without tons of people around but still worth the trip!
  • We love Gooseberry Falls State Park and make the trek there several times a year. There's camping and a visitor center w/ clean bathrooms, learning opportunities and a decent sized gift shop. The trails are AWESOME, paved and you often have the choice between stairs and a winding, paved path. It's not all wheelchair accessible but there a lot of options if you can't do stairs. There are lots of places to get in the water to safely get wet & enjoy the waterfall. Being swimsuits & towels! You can easily spend all day at this park. Besides the visitor center & the huge waterfall area you can also go down to the lakefront. It's beautiful, with stunning flat rock surfaces going right up to the water. We found really cool tide pools FULL of little tadpoles. Very neat! Be sure and visit this little treasure of a state park. It's an easy drive from Duluth or spend a few days on the north shore...there's camping as well as some nice lodging nearby. Great for kids that are itty bitty right up through teenagers and college kids to parents and the elderly (provided they are up for some walking). Plenty for everyone to enjoy! **bring your snacks and esp beverages! The only options at the park are the cash only vending machines to grab a soda. And there's no arm, so bring cash!
  • Cool place to take a break while riding motorcycle up the North Shore!! Nice waterfalls but can be a little crowded with tourists during summer months, especially on hot days. Other than that, it's a nice stop along the North Shore. I especially like this place during the winter months!! Less touristy traffic and the falls semi-freeze over and look amazing frozen.
  • One of the greatest rest stops in the midwest. A great place to take the family hiking to see the falls. You can climb to the top of the falls to catch a great view or hang towards the bottom and skip rocks. This place is well maintained within the buildings as well as the outdoors.
  • Our family went camping with two other families last summer. It was raining when we got there. The lodge that is part of the shower house was a game changer. The kids could go in and play games while we set up camp in less than ideal conditions. This summer we are trying Temperance River for camping.
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