Gooseberry Falls State Park

As the gateway to Minnesota's North Shore, Gooseberry Falls State Park is one of Minnesota's most popular state parks.  Its series of spectacular waterfalls just a short distance from the visitor center are an attraction year-round.  You can get up close and dip your feet in the water below Middle Falls or take a short walk through the gorge amongst the sound of the thunderous rapids on your way to Upper or Lower Falls. The 18 miles of trails, including those along the Gooseberry River and Lake Superior shoreline will provide you stunning views, especially in early October when the leaves are shining bright hues of orange, red and gold. Semi-modern camping is available if you're looking to spend more time soaking in all that this park has to offer.  Naturalist programs are available year-round.  The park is intersected by the Gitchi-Gami State Trail and Superior Hiking Trail, and is just down the trail from Iona's Bach State Scientific and Natural Area.

While you might come for the waterfalls, you'll leave having been a part of the Gooseberry Falls State Park history.  The rock you'll walk on is 1.1 billion years old and the park has been a destination since Highway 61 opened the area to tourism in the early 1900s. In 1934, the Civilian Conservation Corps began to develop the park just one year after it was authorized as a state park. Today, many of these historic log and stone structures are still being used, including the 300-foot long "Castle in the Park" stone retaining wall. 

Learn more about Gooseberry Falls State Park at www.mndnr.gov/gooseberry.

 

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Latitude: 47.140328 Longitude: -91.454675 Elevation: 606 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Camping, hiking, biking, Naturalist programs, fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sight-seeing, wildlife-watching and more.  Snowshoe and ski rentals are available from private vendors near the park.

Seasons Accessible

The park is open year-round.  A staffed visitor center is also open year-round, but hours vary seasonally.  Call ahead or visit our website for more current information.

Fees

Standard Minnesota State Park fees apply. Current pricing for vehicle permits, camping and other amenities can be found at www.mndnr.gov/gooseberry.

Accessibility Notes

Parts of the park are accessible, including some campsites and the trail to Upper, Middle and Lower Falls.  For more information, call the park at 218-834-3855.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome in Minnesota State Parks.  They must be accompanied at all times, on a six-foot leash and cleaned up after.

Comments

(3/7/15) The park phone number has changed. New # is 218-595-7100.

Audrey Butts, 3/7/2015

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