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3206 Highway 61 E Two Harbors, MN 55616
  • I think the best time of the year to visit Gooseberry Falls is during autumn
  • Also, avoid getting too close to cliffs and other dangerous areas
  • The Visitor Center contains a lot of interesting information
  • I highly recommend anyone visiting this state park, and do not forget to bring along a camera

    • by Snowflake

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      Gooseberry Falls State Park is one of the most beautiful places in Minnesota. Depending on what time of the year you visit, the area looks like a different place when the river is high and low. During the spring, the river levels are high from melting snow. The fast, rushing rapids pour over the falls creating thick, fast-flowing waterfalls. In the spring the water appears dirty from the high iron content. It’s an awesome sight watching the rushing rapids when viewed from a safe distance, and the sounds of the roaring water are relaxing.

      If you visit during summer or autumn the waterfalls have a good amount of water falling, but there are gaps between the water falling over the cliffs. There are three main waterfall areas at the park: Upper Falls, Middle Falls, and Lower Falls. Plus, there are two additional smaller waterfalls that can be accessed by hiking trails.

      I think the best time of the year to visit Gooseberry Falls is during autumn. The water levels are low so people can walk on rocks that are usually covered with water. Plus, there are all the beautiful fall colors surrounding the spectacular waterfalls. Be very careful though if

      walking on rocks because they are slippery even with good shoes that have a good grip. Also, avoid getting too close to cliffs and other dangerous areas. People have died at the park from slipping on rocks and accidentally falling off cliffs. It’s not uncommon to see visitors climbing around on the cliffs at Upper Falls to take pictures. This is never a good idea and it’s not worth risking your life for a picture. The entire park is a gorgeous area and beautiful pictures can be taken from many other safe places that show the waterfalls in the background.

      When arriving at the park you will walk past the Visitor Center before reaching the waterfalls. The Visitor Center contains a lot of interesting information. And, you might even see a funny sight just outside the Visitor Center when squirrels are eating out of the bird feeders.

      After exploring the waterfalls, take a hike along one of the trails that leads to Lake Superior. The trail that we took to get to Lake Superior, Lower Rim Trail, follows Gooseberry River. Where the river meets Lake Superior there is a sandy beach called Agate Beach that you cross before getting to ...

      • Picnic Flow (an ancient lava flow). The shoreline after Agate Beach is all ancient lava flow with steep rock cliffs along the lake. The lava is dark-colored, but not too black, smooth, easy to walk on, and blends in very well with the surrounding lake and forest ecosystems. This is a unique, beautiful area for exploring, having a picnic, and taking pictures. Despite the name, Picnic Beach is 100% natural and does not contain picnic tables, buildings, toilets, or anything else created by humans. If you want to have a picnic everything must be carried in and out, and remember there are no bathrooms in this area. Everything in this beautiful area was created by nature, not humans.

        Over by Agate Beach there are some boulders in Lake Superior that are fun to explore. When standing on one boulder, the waves were crashing up against the rock. Then, a big wave crashed into the rock and splashed water all the way over our heads. It was funny and we were lucky to get a picture of the water right as it hit the rock and began splashing us. The water in Lake Superior is always very cold, but it’s not

        too cold when you get splashed.

        Shortly after the entrance to the park there are large parking lots, then back from there you will find several drive-in camp sites. There is also one kayak campsite, but no backpack campsites. The park contains many trails for hiking, and some are paved for biking. During the winter trails are used for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

        Cell phone reception at the park is surprisingly very good. When walking on the trails I got a call, and reception was excellent while the quality of the call was very clear. It was like talking to someone standing right next to you. Usually cell phone reception at state parks is poor and limited, but not at Gooseberry Falls State Park. It might not be very easy to hear someone on a phone though if you are standing near the rushing waterfalls.

        Gooseberry Falls State Park is one of the most beautiful, most enjoyable, spectacular state parks in Minnesota. I highly recommend anyone visiting this state park, and do not forget to bring along a camera. Viewing the roaring waterfalls really illustrates nature’s awesome, strong power and makes you feel excited and amazed at its beauty.

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