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“Beautiful, easily accessible waterfalls” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gooseberry Falls State Park

Gooseberry Falls State Park
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Two Harbors
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Owner description: This North Shore park is home to a spectacular four-level waterfall, scenic overlooks and is ideal for trout fishing.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Beautiful, easily accessible waterfalls”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

Gooseberry Falls State Park is one of several beautiful Minnesot state parks along the North Shore of Lake Superior. What makes this park stand out from the others, in my mind, is the ease of access to two of the larger falls. Both the upper and middle falls can be reached by wheelchair and do not require a very long walk from the parking lot by the visitor center (easily less than 1/2 mile). The lower falls are also easily reached as they are quite close to the middle falls but I can't recall if any ramps reach them. I am not personally aware of anywhere else in Minnesota where there is such easy access to so many beautiful falls (though there are places a bit harder to reach at Tettegouche, Cascade, and Temperance River State Parks that are arguably more picturesque).

If you up for a bit more of a hike, the hidden falls are less than an additional mile from the upper falls and are beautiful and more secluded from the large summer crowds.

Agate Beach along the Superior shore is pretty and only takes 15 minutes to reach from the main falls. It too is a bit more secluded and provides a great place for wading in the river and lake and skipping rocks.

We were only with adults when hiking to the hidden falls but easily made it to the upper, middle, and lower falls as well as Agate Beach with 5 children ranging in age from 4-10 years old.

The park is definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. You can see the main falls with only a 30 minute visit but should allow more time if hiking beyond that or if you want to linger and enjoy the sights longer.

Visited July 2013
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Garwin, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

We visited the park twice in our 5 day trip to the North Shore. Both days were beautiful! We hiked some trails and visited the lower, middle & upper falls, then hiked further up the river and played in the water. The visitor center was very nice. We were in the area over the 4th of July so it took awhile to get into the park due to the traffic being backed up. Even though there were a lot of people we found parking relatively easily both times and you never felt crowded.

Visited July 2013
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“Super Easy Hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

The falls are well worth stopping off to take a look at. The walk way out to the falls is paved and easy for strollers , wheel chairs, ect.
The water was rushing over the falls and down the river for a dramatic photo op.

Visited July 2013
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Sleepy Eye, Minnesota
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“Beautiful Minnesota State Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

We were staying in Two Harbors which was great proximity to Gooseberry Falls.

We spent a couple of hours at the park. The falls were gorgeous and the hiking was fun. The Minnesota State Parks are a great way to explore what Minnesota has to offer.

And of course Gooseberry is a quick and easy stop along the North Shore.

Visited September 2012
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Winter Springs, Florida
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“A must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

The falls are absolutely beautiful this year due to all of the rain we have had. They are doing so much work around the falls, by adding hiking paths and stairways. If in the mood for hiking, make sure to head up towards the fifth falls. It is beautiful in the morning and there are very few vacationers around. I got some great pics.

Visited July 2013
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