Gooseberry Falls State Park
Gooseberry Falls is the gateway to the North Shore. It is known for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge, Lake Superior shoreline, Civilian Conservation Corps log and stone structures, and north woods wildlife.
Listen to the thunderous roar of the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls of the Gooseberry River as it plummets through a rocky gorge. Watch for waves, ships, or the moon rise on Lake Superior from an ancient lava flow known as the Picnic Flow.
Hike or ski to see the Fifth Falls through a forest of evergreens, aspen, and birch, and enjoy camping in modern campsites, picnicking, and relaxing along the Lake Superior shoreline or the Gooseberry River.
To get the most out of your visit, stop by the Joseph N. Alexander Visitor Center where you can find park information, interpretive displays, a park video, Nature Store, and more. Don't miss the Gateway Plaza for outdoor interpretive signs on area resources and history.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
The log and stone CCC building on Hwy. 61 that used to serve as our Visitor Center is having some preservation work done this summer. The 2 (non-historic) additions have been removed, the roof is being replaced and stonework repaired. When finished, the original CCC structure will remain, but it will not yet be open for public access. That must wait until we agree on a viable use and can move forward with a second rehab project for the interior space.
We are also looking forward to more preservation work on 2 other log and stone CCC buildings - the Lakeview Shelter and Lady Slipper Lodge. If you were thinking of renting one of these for an event, please call and check on availability before making plans. It is likely we will have construction in these areas next spring, possibly continuing through early July, 2014.
Last updated November 25, 2013
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Learn More about the Park:
Self-guided tour: Ideal for group outings, but also fun for families and any visitor to the park. (Information includes photos.)
Gitchi-Gami State Trail Access:
The 2.5 mile segment of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail that runs through the park is now paved and ready for use - it's great for biking! The trail connects our lower picnic area to the rest of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail along Highway 61, so there is now continuous paved trail from Gooseberry to the town of Beaver Bay, with access to the Gooseberry Visitor Center, campground and the shores of Lake Superior.
Parking is available at our lower picnic area lot, which is adjacent to the trailhead. Due to frequent high levels of traffic, parking for longer than two hours is not always available at our visitor center lots.
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Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Gooseberry Falls State Park.
Bird Checklist at Gooseberry Falls State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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.