Gooseberry Falls

is on Hwy 61 about 40 miles NE of Duluth, and 12 miles NE of Two Harbors

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

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

four 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 Tour & Map

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

Paved Bike Path
2.5 miles within park, then connects to Gitchi Gami Trail, which runs to the town of Beaver Bay

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

Bird Watching
Click above for a checklist of birds found in Gooseberry Falls State Park

open mid-May to mid-Sep
69 drive-in sites, 40' RV length limit, 3 pull-thru, 2 accessible sites
1 kayak site on the Lake Superior Water Trail
firewood and ice are sold at the park and nearby in Two Harbors
handicapped accessible toilets and showers
3 group sites, tent only, for up to 50 people
seasonal dumping station
public phones
vault toilets
click here 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

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Gooseberry Falls State Park is one of the most popular state parks in Minnesota. Located on the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior, the park's close proximity to Duluth makes it perfect for a day trip and a must-stop during your travels along Highway 61.

Most famous for its easy-access waterfalls - a short paved walkway brings you right to the Lower and Middle Falls - the park is a hub of activity in the summer. Explore the river, Lake Superior shoreline, historic stone structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Hike riverside trails and woodland loops. Birdwatch. Visit the visitor center. Attend a naturalist program. Camp. Take photos. Picnic.

But remember the park has much to offer throughout the year! Stunning fall colors highlight golden birch and aspen near Lake Superior and many hues of reds and oranges along the inland maple ridges. Late autumn is the perfect time to wave watch as nor'easters blow in, sending ship traffic much closer to the shore. Winter in the park is best explored along the excellent cross-country ski trail system or by making your own way on snowshoes. Spring snow melt leads to run-off and the river roars as thousands of gallons of water surge over the waterfalls.

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explore the park by snowshoes follow boardwalks and trails bird watch
Evening Grosbeak
waterfalls roar in the spring gorgeous fall colors

DNR Maps of
Gooseberry Falls State Park

click below to download maps
in pdf format

Summer Map

Winter Map

Campground Map

What is near Gooseberry Falls State Park MN
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Restaurants & Dining


Can I have my wedding / special event at Gooseberry Park?
Yes! 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.

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spot wildlife throughout the park spend the night at the campground Lady Slipper Lodge,
built by the CCC
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trails meander riverside and through the woods learn about the park
at the visitor center
Middle Falls during spring run-off (April & May)

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