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