Gooseberry Falls State Park

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Gooseberry Falls State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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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  • MNice
    Bloomington, Minnesota5,082 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Over the years it never changes; and for once, that's good
    First of all, for families it has one of the most important things; it's free! The falls are beautiful and consistently run all year round although better in the spring or after rain when the water is rushing. Brought my 2 year old granddaughter here and even she stopped and looked at it for a few moments which, of course, at that age is unusual to focus on big things. Great place to take some family photos and just commune with nature. Don't let the crowded parking lot deter you; the people suddenly melt away in this big space. The visitor center is nice and there are restrooms and wildlife displays here.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Kathryn G
    Rochester, Minnesota125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Never Disappointed by Gooseberry Falls
    Loads of hiking opportunties here not only to the falls, but also down to the Big Lake. There are wide paved trails as well as more rustic foot trails. All around lovely scenery. As a history geek I also really love all the CCC information- best spot in the country for this.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 7, 2023
  • SS_Forever
    Dallas, Texas526 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed the Hike and Falls
    I would recommend you review the website before going so you know what trail or sections you want to do. There is no cost if you park at the visitors center and walk in but note the main parking lot was not very big and the overflow is for RV's and large vehicles but folks park there too. We got there about 11 and had to park in the overflow area. The falls and Gitcha Gimma hike starts behind the visitors center opposite of the parking area. This trail is moderate with some ups and downs and stairs. Also lots of roots and rocks to navigate. If I recall it was 1.2 to 2 miles depending on your route. It was a very enjoyable hike and really like the view of Lake Superior about half way thru. On the way back you can take the route to the highway area under the bridge and see the upper falls and Castle structure. Don't forget your water, sunscreen and hat.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Wendy M
    641 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Miss It
    This is a wonderful park. Don't pass it by if you're in the area. The visitor center is definitely worth a stop. The falls are lovely. They were (from photos we saw) about about 2/3 flow when we were there. Getting to the falls involves some stair climbing, but it's not a difficult walk to the middle or lower falls. We did not go to the upper falls. One is pretty much allowed anywhere and we saw very young children standing in precarious spots near the falls. Most people seem to head for the falls, but on our second visit, we took a very uncrowded trail above the river with great views of the water and trees. At the end, the river meets Lake Superior and there are, again, great views.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 24, 2023
  • F4981JCmichaels
    Vancouver, Washington2,650 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still a great place.
    Used to come here often in the 1970's and 1980's. A lot has changed since then, except the falls. There is a visitors center, and from there, there are walkways to the falls, of which there are two falls nearby each other. You can see the falls from the walkways as well as go down to them on stairs. The thing that didn't change, which was nice, was that once you get to the falls, you can wander around on the rocks around them. They didn't gentrify the place.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 20, 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,818 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of Minnesota North Shore and Top Hike in the State
    This was my second favorite Minnesota State Park but it was amazing. I visited the Minnesota North Shore as an add on afterthought to my trip to see Voyageurs NP and Isle Royale NP. While both National Parks were great, the highlight of the trip was a handful of Minnesota State Parks on the Lake Superior North Shore that were incredible, and Gooseberry is at the top of that list. In many places, Gooseberry is ranked number one with Tettegouche number 2, but it is splitting hairs. While I felt Tettegouche was slightly better, I will simply say that both Fifth Falls and Gitchi Gummi are two of the best hikes to do. I started with Gitchi Gummi which is a 2.2 mile hike with 282 vertical feet that takes you from the falls to the lakeshore. While on the lake, you are elevated about 150' above it with great views of the river mouth. As good as this hike is, Fifth Falls at 3.0 miles and 300 vertical feet is the highlight, especially the waterfalls. The combination of 3 different falls makes this one of the best places on the North Shore, see the pictures. This is why it is the top or second park in Minnesota and Fifth Falls is the #1 hike in the state of Minnesota. Again, the Minnesota North Shore was the highlight of my trip that included 2 national parks, and this park was a big part of that ranking. This is MUST SEE if you are in the area.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Only1Steets
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    North Shore Adventure Staple
    What more can you say about Gooseberry that hasn't already been said. If you're planning a North Shore adventure, Gooseberry is must-see. If you don't make time to see this amazing location, you've left a hole in your adventure!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 2, 2024
  • Eisme77
    Janesville, Wisconsin1,841 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always Amazing
    Never a disappointment in the spring when snow is melting. After a horrendous winter, the snow disappeared in a matter of days leaving waterfalls flowing heavily. This is a very popular MN state park, so plan on people. You do NOT need a park pass to access the main falls, only if you go farther into the park. The main visitor's center is beautiful with lots to look at. Take some of the hiking paths on the banks of the Gooseberry River or to the top of the lookout over Lake Superior to get away from the crowds. Main falls are only a short walk from the parking lot and accessible.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 13, 2024
  • Carey Rose
    Kansas City, Kansas24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING!!
    Parking was very crowded but we didn't mind having to walk a bit further. The visitor center had a lot of neat exhibits and educational displays. A nice gift shop as well, although we didn't purchase anything. Nice detailed maps are posted with trail descriptions as well as difficulty level. Such beautiful tall trees and wildlife surrounds you. Once you get to the falls its mesmerizing. The sounds/visuals are fantastic. You can climb around the rocks and get into the water in some areas. Was a fantastic place to visit and I'm glad we stopped!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 14, 2024
  • PowerTrippers
    Cocoa Beach, Florida1,510 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply Gorgeous
    There’s so much to love about Gooseberry Falls. First off, we loved that it was free. No admission fee is always a nice thing. We also loved the abundance of parking as Gooseberry Park is a very busy place. The hiking trails are very easy and also beautiful, and it’s a relatively short hike to the falls. There are three levels… upper, mid and lower… each with their own beautiful views. We really appreciated the fact that, unlike many other parks, you’re able to go right up to the falls. Too many parks have things roped/fenced off, but at Gooseberry you can literally wade in the water, touch the falls, etc. Whatever you do, make sure to bring your camera because the photo ops here are endless. My photog wife spent a lot of time here taking scores of pictures from every conceivable angle. This area is definitely a photographer’s dream. We’re very glad we had an opportunity to check out this beautiful park, and we highly recommend that you do too if you’re in the area. -The PowerTrippers
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2024
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Diana M
Carlsbad, NM135 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • 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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Cassbella
Bentonville, Arkansas, USA227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • 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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LovesPhotoOps
Hoover, AL1,133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
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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SS_Forever
Dallas, TX526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I would recommend you review the website before going so you know what trail or sections you want to do. There is no cost if you park at the visitors center and walk in but note the main parking lot was not very big and the overflow is for RV's and large vehicles but folks park there too. We got there about 11 and had to park in the overflow area. The falls and Gitcha Gimma hike starts behind the visitors center opposite of the parking area. This trail is moderate with some ups and downs and stairs. Also lots of roots and rocks to navigate. If I recall it was 1.2 to 2 miles depending on your route. It was a very enjoyable hike and really like the view of Lake Superior about half way thru. On the way back you can take the route to the highway area under the bridge and see the upper falls and Castle structure. Don't forget your water, sunscreen and hat.
Written August 28, 2023
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mnworkingmom
Stillwater, MN31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • 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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Galeda
Kansas City, MO433 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
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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rysoftballstar
Toledo, OH118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Highly suggest being there at 8am on a weekday. We had the middle falls literally to ourselves which was amazing! We didn't do any real "hiking" but enjoyed walking the trails around the falls. The paths are wooden with railings so no room to push too far over to distance from traffic so really liked avoiding crowds. Buildings had bathrooms open but no access to maps to carry around.
Written August 26, 2020
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Whitney S
571 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Gooseberry falls has much more for facilities, like nice bathrooms, than some of the other state parks farther up the north shore. It is very popular and draws crowds. One of the more “touristy” parks but very beautiful. When hiking down the trail you can go left and walk under the over pass bridge to the upper falls, or turn right and see the other lower falls- equally as great. The trails are paved and are good for all ages and abilities to reach at least views of the falls.
Written June 29, 2020
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A.Al3
Wisconsin166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We have been here multiple times and there is something about coming here in the Winter that adds to the beauty of it. The crowds are significantly smaller, it’s more peaceful and open. We recommend it for those who want to see the park without all the summer craziness. You can walk, snowshoe, or cross country ski. Well worth the trip, just dress warm.
Written February 2, 2020
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cenzt
Ohio18,639 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Great trip! We arrived at approximately 12 pm and made our way towards the entrance of the trail. The trail was separated into two different parts- the upper falls and then the middle and lower falls. We opted to do the middle and lower falls first, and were greeted with a spectacular bounding waterfall, cascading over a series of rocks. There were multiple places to take great pictures, and to climb up on the rocks for a better view. There was also a bridge that overlooked the waterfall and provided access to the fifth falls. After viewing the middle and lower falls, we opted to hike up to the fifth falls. The fifth falls trail took us through a forest with views of the stream on one side. The fifth falls were not as big as the other waterfalls, but it was still a great hike regardless. We made the loop back down towards the entrance and stopped at the high falls, where we were able to take in the views. We then made our way to the wall, where we climbed up the steps and were met with several informational plaques that detailed the origins of the park and the men who built it. We briefly stopped at the visitor center, where there were clean restrooms. The gift shop and exhibits were closed at the time we visited, unfortunately.

Tip: I recommend spending 3 hours here if you truly want to see everything.
Written September 11, 2022
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