Gooseberry River

Gooseberry Falls State Park

I have camped in Gooseberry Falls State Park once, but have visited several times. It’s one of my favorite places as I always seem to somehow end up being there when there’s not a huge crowd. My Husband and I camped here last fall at the end of September during the week and it was PERFECT. It was a little chilly and windy, but we had such a great time anyway. The campground is not too far from Lake Superior and the hiking is wonderful.

Lower Falls
Lower Falls | Gooseberry Falls State Park

One of my favorite features of Gooseberry Falls State Park is the falls themselves. You can climb all over the lower falls and get as wet as you want (obviously be careful as they are waterfalls).

Gooseberry River
Hwy 61 Bridge over Gooseberry River | Gooseberry Falls State Park

Since we went camping in the middle of the week and at the end of September there were very few other campers around. That meant we had loads of peace, quiet and privacy. Even if there had been more campers, I don’t think we really would have been bothered by anyone else as the site we had was relatively secluded anyway. Oh, and did I mention the fall colors were amazing?

Setting up the tent | Gooseberry Falls State Park
Setting up the tent | Gooseberry Falls State Park

Lake Superior is always beautiful and I just can’t get over it. At Gooseberry you can climb on cliffs high above the water, or in the next 50 yards walk right up to the shoreline. There are great structures throughout the park and near the Lake that were built by the Civilian Conservation Corp. Natural beauty and history!

Lake Superior | Gooseberry Falls State Park
Lake Superior | Gooseberry Falls State Park

Hiking along the shoreline, then following the Gooseberry River back up to the falls is a stunning walk. We saw deer, a beaver and several hundred robins on their migration south.

Gooseberry River | Gooseberry Falls State Park
Gooseberry River | Gooseberry Falls State Park
Lower Falls | Gooseberry Falls State Park
Lower Falls | Gooseberry Falls State Park
Gnarled tree roots | Gooseberry Falls State Park
Gnarled tree roots | Gooseberry Falls State Park

I can’t wait to complete more state parks on my bucket list!

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