Gooseberry Falls State Park

In the summer, Gooseberry Falls State Park is a veritable hub of video camera wielding vacationers. For many this is the first stop along the way. A must-see look over the bridge rewards sightseers with waterfalls on both sides. A short walk either up or down the river reveals additional falls, five in all. Inside the beautiful visitors center are naturalist programs, interactive exhibits, restrooms, and a gift shop. The visitors center is the main trailhead in the park.

But Gooseberry Falls is hardly a one-season stop. Spring runoff and fall colors are grand, but the true splendor of the park comes through along the wintery cross-country ski trails. Trust me on this one.

  • Visitor Center

    Open year round; offers naturalist and interpretive programs, exhibits, restrooms and a gift shop

  • Camping

    Open mid-May to mid-September

    • 2 handicapped accessible sites
    • 70 drive-in sites; 50 reservable (40′ RV length limit)
    • 3 pull-through sites
    • 3 tent-only group sites, each up to 50 people
    • 1 kayak site on the Lake Superior Water Trail
    • A seasonal dumping station
    • Firewood and ice are sold at the park
    • Accessible toilets and showers, vault toilets

    DNR Campground Map | Reservations

  • Maps
  • Waterfalls

    Five waterfalls tumble down the river from north of Highway 61 down to Lake Superior

  • Historical Sites

    Several buildings & the original bridge are part of the Civilian Conservation Corp and are on the National Register of Historic Places; self-guided Historic CCC Tour map

  • Weddings and Special Events

    The park has two shelters available for rent – call to make reservations

    The Lakeview Shelter has picnic tables and restroom facilities and is suitable for picnics / receptions.

    The Lady Slipper Lodge has benches and is suitable for programs or ceremonies.

  • Picnic Areas
    • 3 picnic areas, 1 along the river, 2on the lake
    • 2 reservable enclosed shelters, fee charged
  • Hiking

    20 miles; several trails to waterfalls, overlooks, up the river and down to Lake Superior

    • Superior Hiking Trail passes through park
    • 1-mile handicapped accessible trail to main falls
    • 4 miles of winter hiking
    • snowshoeing trails
  • Mountain Biking
    • 8 miles hard-packed dirt trails begin north of the highway
    • 2.5 miles paved trail lead to Gitchi Gami State Trail
  • Fishing

    In the river and on Lake Superior; a trout stamp is required along with a MN fishing license.

  • Cross-country Skiing

    20K; all groomed for classic (diagonal) stride; mostly moderate trails with some easy and a short difficult trail

  • Snowmobiling

    2 miles which connects to the North Shore State Trail

  • Snowshoeing

    Anywhere in the park except on the xc-ski trails, the Gitchi Gummi is a designated intermediate trail and the Fifth Falls is a designated advanced trail