Gooseberry Falls State Park earns its popularity for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge, and Lake Superior shoreline. Additionally, it features Civilian Conservation Corps log, stone structures, and north-woods wildlife. Listen to the thunderous roar of the Gooseberry River’s Upper, Middle, and Lower Falls as it rages through a rocky gorge. Hike or ski to see the Fifth Falls through a forest of evergreens, aspen, and birch.
The State Park sits roughly 13 miles north of Two Harbors and 12 miles from Beaver Bay.
You can park at the Visitors Center and access the trails close by.
Gooseberry Falls State Park Trails
Each hiking trail begins by crossing the footbridge over the Gooseberry River and heading up to the highway overpass. The Middle and Lower Falls Loop splits to the right, and the Upper and Fifth Falls Loop proceeds left under the highway overpass.
The Middle and Lower Falls Loop, a 1.2 mi (2 km) route, takes you along the Gooseberry River on the Gitchi Gummi Trail. You can return to the Visitor Center or continue on the Upper and Fifth Falls Loop.
The Upper and Fifth Falls Loop is a 2-mile (3.2 km) trek that leads you along the Gooseberry River via the Fifth Falls Trail.
You can easily hike both loops for a total 3.5 mi (5.6 km) route marked on the map below. Look for the black arrows labeling the loops.
Are Dogs Allowed at Gooseberry Falls State Park?
Yes, Gooseberry Falls is pet-friendly! Pets are allowed in all Minnesota State Parks so long as they’re leashed at all times. Only service animals are allowed in state park buildings, lodging facilities, cabins, camper cabins, yurts, tipis, on tours, or in beach areas.
Winter Recreation at Gooseberry Falls
Gooseberry Falls is a North Shore mecca of outdoor activity in the winter months. The park features:
- Groomed ski trails
- Snow-cleared hiking trails
- Ungroomed snowshoeing trails
For snowshoers, you can choose two popular loops that follow along the Gooseberry River, visiting two waterfalls on each loop.
Gooseberry Falls hosts numerous snowshoeing events throughout the winter. Visit the Minnesota DNR Website for a list of scheduled events. While Gooseberry hosts snowshoeing events, they do not offer snowshoe rentals; however, a limited number of adult snowshoes are available for those participating in a scheduled event.