Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Gooseberry Falls State Park

This week for Travel Tuesday I am taking you to an area in Minnesota near the shorelines of the beautiful and massive Great Lake Superior.  Gooseberry Falls, located right off of HWY 61.



Gooseberry Falls are about five different falls that come down from the mountain and cliffs and then go into Lake Superior.



It's actually pretty short and easy hiking, there is even a 1 mile handicap access trail that will take you down to the main section of the falls.
But there are actually 18 miles of trails, so you can take your pick and go as far or as short as you'd like.



Depending on the time of year, you can get right out and hike down on the cliffs around the falls, I had a fun time picking my way on these for different vantage points.  Also on a hotter day, it is a great way to cool off.



There is also a visitors center, bathrooms and picnic sites for those who want to spend a half to full day in the area.



I actually took a part of another trail called Castle Danger which also takes you out to some beautiful overlooks, it was actually a little over two miles round trip added to the Gooseberry Falls trail.



What will you get by visiting this area?  Waterfalls, lots and lots of beautiful waterfalls.  Not to mention some fun hiking and breathtaking views and overlooks.



If you're going to be visiting the North Shores area of Minnesota, I highly recommend taking an hour or two and visiting Gooseberry Falls State Park



IF YOU GO

* HWY 61 from Duluth to Canada is a beautiful scenic drive right along the coast of lake superior, a definite must do, if you have a day or two.

* Take water and a camera so you can stay out and enjoy the sights no matter where your feet take you around the state park.

* Its free, at least I was not charged to park or hike around the area.

* For my friends to love to run, The Grandma's Marathon held in June, is just down the road.  Great place for a racecation!



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  2. Wow, those views and the waterfalls are incredible. You certainly found a beautiful spot and I bet the fall colors are amazing there. Tom and I love to hike, but now that we live near the beach, we walk the beach instead.

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    1. Thanks! Oh I bet you're right, I haven't been there in the fall but definitely I bet it's gorgeous!
      Beach walking is great too:)

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  3. Beautiful!! What a great view! Love the waterfalls - this sounds like an amazing place to hike!!

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  4. So beautiful! I don't think we got there when we lived in Wisconsin, but we did get to Lake Superior.

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    1. Lake Superior has such a spectacular coast, I haven't been on the Wisconsin side other than a small portion, but if it's anything like Minnesota it's probably all sorts of beautiful:)

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  5. Beautiful sights! Grandma's Marathon is on my bucket list - I'd love to run it within the next few years. So if I get up that way, I'll have to add this to my list of things to do while in Duluth!

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    1. I really enjoyed the Grandma's marathon, I hope you get to do it someday, you'll love it!
      Definitely if you get up there, give yourself a day or two, you will definitely want to drive up the coast toward Canada and spend a few days sightseeing!

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  6. Ahhh, this place looks so pretty! I really need to go visit a state park sometime (if I ever get real vacation again)! I wanna go hiking and just enjoy being outside!

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    1. When you finish medical school, you're definitely going to have to take yourself on a well needed amazing vacation or two:)

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  7. Looks like a great place to hike! Love your pics! The falls look great!

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    1. Definitely a beautiful place to hike, so many trails you would love it!

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  8. Wow, that is so beautiful!! We have some falls here in VA, but nothing like that!

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    1. They were pretty! It was a rainy weekend, so the falls might have more water in them, than normal:)

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  9. Minnesota is not somewhere I would ever plan to go on vacation but boy is that beautiful! I would have to take the handicap trail for sure..lol!

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    1. I would have never thought of Minnesota as a vacation destination either, but after being there I have to say, I would visit that part of the state many times again if I could! Beautiful country!

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  10. I've never been to Minn I hear it's gorgeous though! Nice photos as usual

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