Gooseberry Falls State Park

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Gooseberry Falls State Park

Gooseberry Falls State Park
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This North Shore park is home to a spectacular four-level waterfall, scenic overlooks and is ideal for trout fishing.
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Julie A
Hudson, WI217 contributions
Gooseberry Falls is a must-stop on the North Shore. We arrived around 9:30 on a Sunday morning and it was perfect. The parking lot was about 1/2 full. There is also adequate parking for trailers and RVs which is where we needed to park. A short walk will get you to the visitor center. You do not need a state park sticker for this area, which is nice. We did have a state park stickers just because there is so many places you will want to visit along the North Shore that requires a sticker (or day pass). The visitor center is very nice....plenty of bathrooms, a water bottle filling station, a help desk, and a gift shop. I got stung while at the falls and when we returned to do some shopping I mentioned it to the cashier and she graciously gave me a few stings wipes to help.

The falls area is a short walk and accessible for all. The water was very low but there were still a falls and the kids had a great time exploring and playing around. we got some fantastic pictures and really enjoyed the nice morning. Not a ton of people but when we left about an hour later there were a lot coming in and the parking was full. There are trails you can take from this area to Lake Superior but it's about a mile hike. We decided to load back up in the RV and go down to the picnic area (a fee area) and have a short walk to the Lake to look for rocks and agates. Also very fun and a must-do! The flies were horrible during our trip out to the Lake but not a one at the falls.

The visitor building also has a vending machine for snacks and beverages. They also had a small freezer with ice cream treats. Perfect for a warm morning already in the 80's.
Written July 31, 2021
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vtxriders
Missouri483 contributions
Couples
Not enough can be said about this park. It was stunning. The hike, the scenery, the waterfalls!!!!

We went in a Thursday, after Labor Day, arriving by 9 and it was not crowded. We did hear locals saying the falls were nothing like normal due to a lack of rain.

It was still beautiful and was probably our favorite state park on the North Shore!
Written September 14, 2020
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Tom G
Winona, MN1,727 contributions
It's always worth a stop at Gooseberry Falls to take the short walk to see the falls. It costs $7 for a day-use pass for all Minnesota State Parks. So you pay once and can visit several parks. If you hav e time and don't mind steps, take the short walk up to the Highway 61 bridge that goes over the falls. From there, you get a great view of the Upper Falls that I believe many people miss, because you can't see them from the lower viewing area.
Written July 1, 2022
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Cowboydavy115
Spokane, WA302 contributions
We were here during low water, so the waterfalls had very low volume but what water was there was impressive. You could tell these were very spectacular falls. The variety of trails was very nice and since the water level was low, we could explore more of the Waterfall and riverbed areas safely.
Written July 20, 2022
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Galeda
Kansas City, MO322 contributions
My husband and I were taking the Lake Superior Scenic North Shore drive and one of our stops was Gooseberry Falls State Park. We weren’t able to explore the entire park, but we enjoyed visiting the upper, middle and lower portions of the falls.

All of the falls are very close to the Visitor Center, and except for a few spots on the trail, are completely accessible to wheeled conveyances such as wheelchairs or strollers. There are several places where visitors may step out onto the lava that forms the bed of the river, especially when the season is drier. To say the falls are picturesque is an understatement. The falling water, framed by leafy branches and contrasted by the dark lava bed, is a lovely sight. Definitely a photo op!

I want to commend the state of Minnesota for having WONDERFUL Visitor Centers at their state parks! Every center we visited was quite modern, clean, with an open floor plan, and had bathrooms, a gift shop, and interpretive plaques and display areas for points of interest in the park. Some centers even had sitting areas and fireplaces for campers to come in and warm themselves.

Gooseberry Falls is absolutely worth a stop for anyone taking Hwy 61 up the North Shore!
Written October 19, 2021
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Diana M
Carlsbad, NM102 contributions
Couples
This review is strictly rating the lower waterfalls. We went on a Saturday so it's expected to be at it's busiest. Unfortunately the people visiting had no consideration for others and failed to be safety smart.

The waterfalls were beautiful but not worth a special trip if staying more than 20 minutes away.
Written June 6, 2021
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LovesPhotoOps
Hoover, AL980 contributions
We went to the Visitor Center (restrooms, water bottle fill-up station, gift shop) then went to the Middle and Lower falls, realized later that we had missed the Upper falls. We went back to the parking lot and drove to the parking area near the campground and walked a short trail from there to the lava flow on the shore of Lake Superior. This was a very pretty area. Driving out of the park, we saw a deer.
Written June 26, 2021
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Stephanie C
Brooklyn Park, MN141 contributions
Family
We visited during the COVID-19 pandemic, and there was so many people that social distancing was non-existent. Aside from that, it was a beautiful waterfall with several levels and afforded you the ability to enjoy the water. There is a ramp as well as stairs to get down to the bottom, so even though it's a hike, you have some options to make it easier. There are no bathrooms/porta potties down by the falls, so be sure your kids took a potty break before descending! The shore of the falls are rocky and the boulders in the falls get slippery quick. If you want to wall across the falls themselves, be sure to wear appropriate footwear. The falls are about 45 minutes north of Duluth and there is an option to take a scenic route. You really could go either way, but if you want occasional views of the lake, take the scenic route! Be sure to visit the other parts of this park to enjoy the lake and some breathtaking views. There are several rocky beaches to search for agates at.
Written August 13, 2020
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Cassbella
Bentonville, Arkansas, USA170 contributions
Family
This was our first stop on our journey to the North Shore after spending the night in Duluth. We spent the morning here it was so much fun! Wear water shoes and shorts so you can walk around the lower falls. My kids were able to swim a little as well. Glad we got there in the morning as it got crowded fast. We then left here and went up to Two Harbors and then up to Silver Bay to the Black Sand Beach to swim in Lake Superior. Was a great day!
Written August 27, 2020
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mnworkingmom
Stillwater, MN30 contributions
Couples
Amazing State Park! Hike along the river down to Lake Superior - it’s so worth the hike and views on the rocky shore. Lots of picnic tables and fire pits down along the shoreline too. Always fun to walk along the shore and listen to the waves.
Written October 25, 2020
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