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Gooseberry Falls State Park

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Where to go: Traveling along either paved trails on the Gitchi Gami bike trail or venturing onto the dirt trails will surprise you with blooming fall colors. However, hiking to higher look outs throughout the park will give you an opportunity to see the changing north shore forest as a colorful whole.

What you'll see: "The color doesn't come overnight. It creeps in, day by day...but now, in September, it is still a subtlety, a trend, a still-whispered promise of autumn glory." Wrote Hal Borland in "Twelve Moons of the Year" and the fall glory is truly upon us. The yellow of aspens and birches reflect the brightness of summer sun past and asters add a splash of light purple hidden in the brown tinted grasses. The blooming sumac adds a shocking and breath taking red.

Also of interest: This weekend join us on Falls Hikes taking place from 11:30 am-12:00 pm and again from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm. Meet the naturalist by the art column outside the visitor center. Stay on the north shore through Sunday and join the naturalist for a guided nearly full moon stroll. This hike is perfect for those with mobility challenges or with strollers. Meet in the Visitor Center Theater at 7 pm.

Last updated: September 29, 2014 

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Getting there

3206 Highway 61 East
Two Harbors, MN 55616

From the town of Two Harbors, follow State Highway 61 northeast approximately 13 miles to the park.


Phone: 218-834-3855

Email: gooseberryfalls.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.