Make good use of your State Parks permit with a trip to Gooseberry Falls State Park. Located along the Lake Superior shoreline, Gooseberry Falls boasts the most picturesque waterfalls in the state. Put your hiking shoes on and enjoy the 2.5 miles of the recently completed Gitchi-Gami State Trail that runs throughout the park. Bicycles are also welcome along the trail, which connects to the lower picnic area and the rest of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail. You can follow it along Highway 61 to the town of Silver Bay. One of the most popular areas along the North Shore, Gooseberry Falls is a preferred spot for avid trout fishing. Stop by the informative visitor center and learn about the area including geology, the local wildlife and history. The center also hosts naturalist programs and has interactive exhibits, restrooms and a gift shop.
Gooseberry Falls Hiking & Biking Trails
Throughout the year, Gooseberry Falls is a place for hiking, bicycling, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. There are 20 miles of hiking trails, 12 miles for cross-country skiers and 2 miles of snowmobile trails. Be sure to bring your camera along, because the trails follow along the Gooseberry River. You will encounter aspen, stands of cedar, spruce and pine forests. Be prepared for breathtaking scenes of nature at its finest in Minnesota.
The Magnificent Gooseberry Falls Waterfalls
There are five magnificent waterfalls located in the park. Three of these amazing falls are created by a rocky gorge where the Gooseberry River runs through on its way to Lake Superior. Take a hike on the trails to get the best view of the falls. If you do not mind getting wet, you may even want to wade in the river where the current is mild for a different vantage point. No matter what time of year you visit, the
falls are always worth the trip.
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