“We’re already there?” I asked with surprise as we turned at the Gooseberry Falls State Park sign.
If Jay Cooke State Park is in Duluth’s backyard, Gooseberry Falls State Park is in its front yard at only 35 miles up the shore.
If you enjoy waterfalls, Gooseberry has 5 that plunge down an impressive rocky gorge.
We explored the interpretive center, hiked up to the Fifth Falls on a 2-mile loop trail, and enjoyed a picnic and swim at Agate Beach (where Gooseberry River flows into Lake Superior).
Park Highlights as Reported by Finley (4 years old)
1. The gift shop (the 2nd most visited park in MN and this is what she liked most?!)
2. Swimming in Lake Superior
3. Climbing the tree at the beach
4. Seeing the mounted lynx at the interpretive center
Park Highlights as Reported by Daley (8 years old)
1. Getting a bee sting (I wouldn’t have guessed this was a highlight for him as it was a distressing experience at the time; however, upon reflection, he said, “It was fun to feel what it feels like to be stung.”)
2. Watching the waterfalls
3. Exploring the “mysterious” rock shack that was located along the hiking trail (we’ve been reading the Boxcar Children Mysteries)
There is a short, paved path from the interpretive center to the Middle and Lower Falls, making them easily reached. For more information, visit the DNR’s website.
Have you been to Gooseberry Falls? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!