State Park Information
Gooseberry Falls State Park
  36 Ratings
  3206 Highway 61 East
      Two Harbors, Minnesota 55616
  United States
  (218) 834-3855
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Description
Gooseberry Falls State Park is well known for it's five beautiful waterfalls and rocky lake superior shoreline. The Gooseberry River rolls over the 30-foot Upper Falls into a pool and then to the two-tiered Middle and Lower Falls before plunging 60 feet to the last pool which finally meanders through a valley to Lake Superior. Trails lead along the Lake Superior shoreline, the Gooseberry River, and the aspen, birch, and evergreen forests. As early as 1670, the Gooseberry River has appeared on explorers maps. By the 1890's, logging was the main use of the land. In 1900, the Nestor Logging Company built its headquarters at the river mouth. They also made a railway which carried the pines to the the lake which was then rafted to sawmills. In 1933, the state legislature authorized preservation of the area around Gooseberry Falls. Soon afterwards, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crews went to work and created the state park which officially opened in 1937. There have been over 142 species of birds, ten species of amphibians and reptiles, and 46 species of mammals identified at the park. Some wildlife in particular that you may see are herring gulls, white-tailed deer, several species of Lake Superior salmon and trout, black bears, gray wolves, common loons, and ravens. Geologists believe that about one billion years ago, the earth began to split along the area now known as the North Shore. Lava flowed out onto the earth and cooled which then formed volcanic bedrock. Several of these lava flows can be seen at the Upper, Middle, and Lower Falls areas. These lava flows also created agates. About two million years ago, glaciers came into the region and 10,000 years ago they eventually melted into Lake Superior.
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Unknown
5 Star Rating5.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
This is a wonderful park to visit. So much to see.
Jeff P.
5 Star Rating5.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
Gooseberry Falls has a pretty good campground. Moderate tree coverage and privacy throughout. However, the true gem of this park is the falls. You can walk down to the falls and the rocks around it. There are some good trails and definitely some great photo opportunities. You could spend a good part of the day just being by the falls.
Unknown
4 Star Rating4.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
Some of the campsites are close together, but if you can grab a nice private one, you've got it made - lots to do here with the falls and Lake Superior - it doesn't get much better!
Unknown
2 Star Rating2.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
Beautiful park, horrible campground. It seems to attract folks who want to pitch multiple tents and park multiple cars... plus the sites are on top of each other. I love this park but you couldn't pay me to camp there.
Unknown
4 Star Rating4.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
Camped 6 yrs in a row and will be going for our 7th. Campground is close to the lake and agate beach, busy family park, due to terrain campsites can be close together, love the falls and park buildings. Very difficult to get a site last minute. Plan ahead!
Unknown
4 Star Rating4.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
6/4/11 very nice campsite and park. Although somewhat busy during the day, if you hike up the river along the trails you quickly lose the tourists and can enjoy getting some sun on any number of rocks along the river. The walk to the lake is also very short and picturesque. We'll definitely come back next year or stop by at least for a view while on our way to other campsites.
Unknown
5 Star Rating5.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
Very popular park. Stayed in the group camp. Pebble Creek is the best site. The real highlight of this park is hiking down along the river. Stunning.
Unknown
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Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
S M.
5 Star Rating5.0 out of 5 stars
  Lots to do!
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
Gooseberry is our favorite State Park in Minnesota and we've been going here for years. The campgrounds are the best I've seen with great facilities! There's a lot to see in the area too, which makes it extra fun. Great hiking trails and scenery. Note that it is BUSY during the Summer weekends in the main areas (like the falls themselves).
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