Gooseberry Falls State Park
It's hard to choose a favorite state park, but Gooseberry Falls is the classic north shore state park - woodlands rising from a Lake Superior shoreline criss-crossed with trails, split by a four-waterfall river, dotted with historic log and stone buildings, open year-round with a wonderful Visitor Center at its heart. And at just 2 miles from Grand Superior, you can visit several times a day, if you like!
Gooseberry River and Four Waterfalls
An easy hour-and-a-half walk brings you to the Upper, Middle, and both Lower Falls on the Gooseberry River. Add another hour and include the Fifth Falls or walk the paved path from the Visitor Center for immediate gratification from the Middle Falls viewing platform.
Lake Superior Shoreline
Hike the River View Trail from the Visitor Center to an excellent agate beach along Lake Superior's shore.
Year Round Visitor Center
Plan to spend some time in this wonderful center! The free theatre offers two ongoing videos (total of 24 min.), while the center has a fire-lit lobby, nature shop, restrooms and an exhibit area with interactive displays. This is the trail center for the park, too!
Year Round Trails
Spring, summer and fall explore the park over 18 miles of hiking trails - 1 mile is paved and accessible. Ride the 8-mile (one-way) paved bike trail that parallels Superior's shore. Winter enthusiasts will love the 19K of moderately difficult, classic cross-country ski trails, 4 miles of snowshoe trails and 2 mile snowmobile trail connecting to the main state trail.
In 1934, the Civilian Conservation Corps began work on 80 structures and objects including the famous Lady Slipper Lodge, Lakeview Shelter, water tower, campground shelter and Castle in the Park, the amazing rock retaining wall dropping down from the south side of Highway 61.