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Gooseberry Falls State Park
is on Hwy 61 about 40 miles from Duluth,
and 12 miles from Two Harbors

State Park Office
Mon-Fri, 9am - 4:00pm
extended summer hours
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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 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.

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Visitor Center
year round; offers naturalist and interpretive programs, exhibits, restrooms & a gift shop

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

Historic 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 & 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 Area
several areas with tables & an enclosed shelter, which can be reserved by calling the office


18 miles; part of the Superior Hiking Trail & several small spur trails to waterfalls, overlooks, up the river and down to Lake Superior;
1-mile handicapped accessible trail to main falls
4 miles of winter hiking + snowshoeing

Mountain Biking
8 miles; hard-packed dirt trails begin north of the highway

in the river and on Lake Superior; a trout stamp is required along with a MN fishing license
Featured Gooseberry photo by Jon Wood
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click to see more of Jon's photos

open mid-May to mid-September 2 handicapped accessible sites
69 drive-in sites, 40' RV length limit, 3 pull-thru 3 sites, tent only, for 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 public phones
handicapped accessible toilets and showers vault toilets
DNR Campground Map Click for info on Reservations

Cross-country Skiing
20K; all groomed for classic (diagonal) stride with a warming house

3 miles within park & 6-mile access trail to the North Shore State Trail

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 advance trail

DNR Maps of Gooseberry Falls State Park

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vintage Gooseberry Falls postcard
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