Gooseberry Falls

State Parks

The North Shore is Minnesota’s favorite getaway, a wild, lightly populated band of woodlands rising to a ridge parallel Lake Superior. How do you begin to explore this area? At the fabulous state parks!

And Grand Superior Lodge neighbors four state parks, Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse, Tettegouche and George H. Crosby Manitou. Each park showcases some of the best shoreline, rivers, forests, cliffs and historical landmarks of the area.

And they are incredibly accessible. Stop by to stretch your legs and you can cross a footbridge over a river, spend an hour and you can explore Lake Superior’s shoreline or hike to a gorge, spend half a day and you snowshoe or ski or attend a naturalist program.


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Gooseberry Falls State Park

Only 2 miles NE on Hwy 61! Gooseberry is the classic north shore state park – woodlands rising from a Lake Superior shoreline criss-crossed with trails, split by a five-waterfall river, dotted with historic log and stone buildings and a fabulous Visitor Center at its heart.

Features

  • Gooseberry River and Five 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 firelit 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.
  • Historic Buildings
    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.

Tettegouche State Park

Our neighbor down the road, 30 miles NE on Hwy 61. Tettergouch offers stunning shorelines, towering waterfalls, and great hiking!

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Just 10 miles NE on Hwy 61! The state park plays host to one of Minnesota’s most famous and most-visited historic sites, Split Rock Lighthouse and offers great Lake Superior vistas, accessible shoreline and a lovely shoreside picnic area.

Features

  • Split Rock Lighthouse & History Center
    Completed in 1910, the LIghthouse and surrounding buildings were in operation until 1969. Restored and open for tour, the historic site includes the lighthouse, a keeper’s home, the oil house, hoist, fog signal building, tram house and pump house with an informative history center to explain it all. The center offers tours, exhibits, displays, a theatre, restrooms and a shop.
  • Lake Superior
    From the massive bedrock bluffs supporting the lighthouse to the cobblestone beaches below, Split Rock Lighthouse state park is centered around Lake Superior. Photography buffs want to stop at the wayside rest 3/4-mile southwest of the park, then take photos from the lighthouse, from the beach near the tramway and further along the Little Two Harbors Trail.
  • Year Round Trails
    Hiking is fabulous at Split Rock! Stop by the park office and get a map of the 6-mile selfguided trail that includes all the park’s highlights. The park is the center point of the longest completed section of the Gitchi Gami trail – choose to ride northeast to Beaver Bay, southwest to Gooseberry or both! Cross country skiers take advantage of 13K of intermediate trails and snowshoers can shoe any non-groomed trails throughout the park.
  • Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting – November 10th
    Each year the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald is marked by a ceremony including the reading of the names of the sailors who list their lives, a video about the Fitz, and the lighting of the lighthouse. The event takes place at dusk.

George H. Crosby Manitou State Park

Our inland neighbor, 30 miles NE on Hwy 61 & 7 miles N on MN Hwy 1, & 7 Miles NE on Co. Rd 7.

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