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Gooseberry Falls State Park

3206 Highway 61 East
Two Harbors  Minnesota  55616
United States
(218) 834-3855
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It's also a wayside rest, so technically you can park and walk to the falls for free. But it's nice to support the parks with a pass: daily $5, annual $25

Midwest Living Review

An outstanding visitor center, easy trails and photo ops make this a must-stop park.

The Middle and Lower Falls of the Gooseberry River are arguably some of the North Shore's most photographed spots. The reasons: the park is an easy stop (the Superior Hiking Trail, Lake Superior Water Trail, Gitchi Gami bike trail and Highway 61 all connect with Gooseberry), the 1-mile trail from the visitor center to the main falls area is ADA accessible, and the park is beautiful in every season. Gooseberry by far has the North Shore's most comprehensive, interactive and modern state park visitor center. Besides a large gift shop, clean and eco-friendly bathrooms and several interactive displays, there always seems to be park rangers on hand to answer questions and direct visitors. Don't miss the exhibit about the park's outstanding collection of CCC structures; they're a point of pride at Gooseberry. If you'd like to see a bit more after viewing the falls, trails lead to the Upper Falls and Fifth Falls, through the woods or follow the river down to Lake Superior (20 miles of hiking, 8 miles of mountain biking). This River View Trail is a popular one, but away from the main falls, it feels pretty quiet, and once you're at the shore you can walk along the beach. There are also naturalist programs and the Geocaching Wildlife Safari program. Though there is a campground with flush toilets and showers, it feels squashed, and there aren't equipment rentals or cabins. We consider Gooseberry a solid day-use park, rather than one for an extended stay.

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