Gooseberry Falls State Park

the Visit Neighboring States Series

Gooseberry Falls is an amazing state park along Highway 61 about an hour north of Duluth.

Gooseberry Falls State ParkThe Upper, Middle and Lower falls are all easily accessible by stroller along smooth hard-surfaced walkways. A modern visitor center with gift shop is the entrance point to the falls.

 Gooseberry Falls State Park

Swimming is not recommended at Gooseberry Falls State Park, however you can bring water shoes and wade in the edge of the river or climb the slippery rocks. Our family loved this state park and spent over three hours here.

Superior Hiking Trail overlaps park trails and it worth the hike to Fifth Falls. Our seven year-olds had no trouble on these more challenging fun trails!

Gooseberry Falls State Park Hiking TrailMoving along the river up to Fifth Falls was a fun adventure. We hiked about two hours. Daddy carried a day pack with water, snacks and other necessities.

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Don’t forget to venture down to Agate Beach and the rocky cliffs overlooking the lake! It’s worth the $5 day pass fee which will also allow you to visit Split Rock Lighthouse State Park pebble beach.

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3 comments

  1. Gooseberry Falls was our absolute FAVORITE!!! My kids LOVED it!!!! Especially my 11-year-old, who was having some attitude — when he walked across the short path from the visitor’s center to the first falls, his mood changed dramatically. Aside from my frequent heart attacks, we could have spent the entire day in this park. We never made it up to Fifth Falls, but did see the rest of it, and every bit of it was breathtaking. Our only regret was that we live 7 hours away and can’t go whenever we want — but I’m sure we’ll be making additional future trips back there!

    1. Yes, it is a bit of a drive, but really, it’s only about 6ish hours to Duluth and then that last hour pasts by so fast! It’s shorter then driving to CO for us. I hope the falls weren’t too crowded the day you visited. We have always found them to be pleasant but I hear they get very busy in the summer. If you’re not used to waterfalls, they really take your breath away! Glad your son loved them.

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