Gooseberry Falls is the gateway to the North Shore. It is known for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge, Lake Superior shoreline, Civilian Conservation Corps log and stone structures, and north woods wildlife. Listen to the thunderous roar of the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls of the Gooseberry River as it plummets through a rocky gorge. Watch for waves, ships, or the moon rise on Lake Superior from an ancient lava flow known as the Picnic Flow. Hike or ski to see the Fifth Falls through a forest of evergreens, aspen, and birch, and enjoy camping in modern campsites, picnicking, and relaxing along the Lake Superior shoreline or the Gooseberry River. To get the most out of your visit, stop by the Joseph N. Alexander Visitor Center where you can find park information, interpretive displays, a park video, Nature Store, and more. Don't miss the Gateway Plaza for outdoor interpretive signs on area resources and history.

Easy trail for the family. My 3 year old ended up on my shoulders for half the trip but my 5 yr old had no problem. Lots of good little stopping points.

Great for a family adventure, and perfect for a chance to leave the city behind for a couple hours. The falls we’re fantastic to see, and you can always follow the trails down to Lake Superior for more great views!!

This is listed as moderate in the gooseberry Falls brochure. I’d call it close to moderate on the easy scale because there are a few steep spots and you can take dozens of side trails that involve some moderate climbing down or up rocks. We only ran into a few people up near the fourth and fifth falls and it connects right to the SHT so if you wanted to extend it you could. Beautiful views of the falls (that would be 200% more beautiful without the noise of the road and shrieking children)

Really nice spot to stop and see. The wife and I got lucky and beat a large crowd that showed up so it was even better lol.

Love this place! Had a great time with my kid here. Be a responsible parent and watch your children. There are some dangerous places a child could end up if not supervised. Well kept trails, and very beautiful scenery. Highly recommend!

Went October 12th. Leaves were 60% done so there were a lot of colors in the trees and a very colorful wooded ground. Beautiful!
Beautiful view of Supirior a couple minute hike from the parking lot.
hike is 8-9.1 miles from Castle Danger Road to Gooseberry falls. Then 8-9.1 mile hike back over the same path to where you parked.
We hiked 16-18 miles round trip. We hauled it and competed it in 8 hours with a total of 12 minutes of breaks. Very sore legs the last 5 miles.
Lots of mud. Lots. Be prepared for that.
Well marked and easy to follow. Loved It!

easy hike with the kids

Great little trail with beautiful views. Get there early to avoid crowds. I arrived around 9 am on a Saturday and didn’t have trouble. When I was leaving the park was packed full!

Popular hike that passes 5 river waterfalls. On the harder side of easy due to large number of steps. Interpretive signs help explain the North Shore's long geological history. Overall, a good introduction to North Shore hiking.

Great family friendly walking trails. Absolutely awesome picnic area down on lake superior.

Loved it!!! Well kept trails and clean bathrooms at the office.

lots of climbing, no bikers, which is awesome, very secluded. Will recommend to friends!

heavily populated trail. very short hike to the falls. worth the quick stop along hwy 61

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Beautiful trail. Heavily trafficked though. If you have time, take the trail starting at by the campgrounds and follow the cliffs against Lake Superior and up the side of the river for the best panoramic. Just going through the parking lot and to the falls is all paved and doesn't really count as a hike in my opinion - or as a real visit to what the park as to offer. This park has more than just the main falls; check it all out!

Gorgeous! Wasn't a hike, more like a scenic, elevated walk with loads of other people, but the views are amazing, and the area is beautiful. It's a closer-in trail, and so more easily accessible to those with a short amount of time and those who need something just off the highway. Very pretty, and we spent a good time longer there than anticipated because of the waterfalls. There is fishing also located off the trail.

had a great time. will go back when I have more time!

gorgeous views of gooseberry falls and lake superior. easy hiking and very well maintained trails.

Beautiful spring day

This is a wonderful area, the falls are great. The hiking path isn't usually to congested tourists usually stay by the falls. It's a nice loop, totally an easy hike.

There's a ton of sights to keep you occupied during this hike. Plenty of waterfalls, boulders, wooden bridges and walkways, and trees with gnarly branches and roots. I wasn't bored during any second of the hike. A warning for those of you hiking when the ice is melting: Do not cross the water over a slushy pathway. On a sunny day it will soon become a rushing river and you will be forced to forge the river and get freezing cold. One of the pictures I uploaded shows a man doing just that.

We were at the falls the day after ice out. WOW. I've never seen the falls or river so full! Would love to come back in the summer!

Gooseberry was cool, checked out the falls and took a day hike.

Had such a great time hiking here. Beautiful trails!

Beautiful hike!

Really pretty falls. I've gone several times, and will go again. The last trip I went on was my favorite, because it was raining. There was hardly anyone there!

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

You can't describe it. you just must see.

Beautiful area... Take the loop, it is amazing... Most people walk down to the lower falls n back, do the whole loop or your missing out.

Went early spring in April for the early spring thaw hoping to still see some ice caves along Superior shore as well as the Gooseberrry river trail. Good hike lots of action on the river.

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