Gooseberry Falls State Park, Two Harbors

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Must see · Biking Trail · State Park
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. By using our Two Harbors itinerary maker tool, you can arrange your visit to Gooseberry Falls State Park and other attractions in Two Harbors.
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  • Minnesota tourism is really for those who appreciate nature, and Saturday in May at the park was busy with families and friends, enjoying the falls' views. There are three waterfalls, easy to reach.....  more »
  • Stopped on our way to Gunflint Trail. Free Parking by the visitor center. Small hike down the trail but worth it!  more »
  • It was easy to park this time, plenty of parking and to be able to easily walk everywhere to see the sights, the waterfalls were in full force and lovely! You could get right up to them, lots of pics....  more »
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  • Hiking trails are beautiful in any season. Multiple waterfalls. Shoes with traction/spikes recommended in winter. Groomed cross country ski trails in season. Beautiful nature, lovely facilities. Interpretive learning center [as of 2/2021, closed due to COVID-19] has super neat exhibits. Great fun for adults and children.
  • Plan it out ahead what you want to see. Lots of trails. And alternative routes.
  • I took my 2 girls, ages 11 and 13 at the time. We stayed at the park’s campground. Perfect place for 1st time campers. Very clean, nice showers and well-maintained, private campsites. We used it as a base for exploring the N. Shore including split rock lighthouse. Great experience!
  • Spectacular in the winter, definitely recommend stopping and walking down to the falls. Family and I walked in boots on the main trail, though the stairs were definitely iced over. You can hold the rails but it can be tricky. The falls and ice were definitely worth it!
  • I saw the falls in summer many years ago, and now I've seen them mostly frozen! It was very cool to see the water flowing behind the thin ice!! Be careful when walking out on the ice, best to stick to established paths that people have walked. The stairs are not kept clear, and are built up with snow and ice, so I was thankful that we had ice cleats on our boots so we could walk easily. If you don't have any, there is a hardware store in Two Harbors that sells them!

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