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Top 5 things to do at Gooseberry Falls State Park



Gooseberry Falls State Park is one of Minnesota’s most popular state parks. Often referred to as the “Gateway to the North Shore” this park offers visitors a chance to see and do many things. Of all of the things to do at the park, you don’t want to miss doing the six activities that are listed below.

  1. View the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls of the Gooseberry River as falls through a steep, rocky gorge. A short hike from the visitors center will bring hikers to a bridge that stands over the waterfall. Continue past the bridge to see more falls.
  2. Take a self-guided tour of the historic Civilian Conservation Corps area. The original bridge and a few buildings that were built by the CCC are part of the tour. All are on the National Park Services’ National Register of Historic Places.
  3. Picnic on the Picnic Flow. When you are finished eating, explore the ancient lava flow that was formed over a billion years ago. The basalt flows that created the Picnic Flow are the same types of lava flows that created the famous Lake Superior Agates.
  4. Visit Agate Beach, the sandbar at the mouth of the Gooseberry River. The sandbar seems as though it’s a living-breathing being as it changes shape and evolves slowly throughout the year.
  5. Attend a naturalist program. Interesting programs are offered at the state park throughout the year. Topics range from park geology, to geocaching, to snowshoeing, to birding. Call the park at 218-595-7100 for information on upcoming programs.
    Go biking
    (summer). There are 2.5 miles of trail that connects bikers to the Gitchi Gami State Trail near the picnic flow parking lot. The Gitchi Gummi brings bikers to beautiful overlooks the rocky Lake Superior shore and takes bikers past the historic Civilian Conservation Corps structures.

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