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.
2016 Reservations changes
New Phone Number:
Gooseberry Falls State Park's main office has a new phone number: 218-595-7100. The old number (218-834-3855) is no longer in service.
The Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) is detoured along the Gitchi-Gami State Trail between the Visitor Center at Gooseberry Falls State Park and the Split Rock River Wayside. For current trail conditions, check the SHT website or call the park office.
(Updated Sept. 1, 2016)
Weekends from mid-September to mid-October are very busy at this park! To miss some of the traffic, plan to arrive earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. Weekdays are less busy and the falls are just as nice. Another option is to purchase a vehicle permit and park at a picnic/lakeshore lot - it's cooler there and absolutely gorgeous!
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. - 6 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.