Explore Gooseberry Falls In The Winter

It was a cold winter Friday (I’m assuming) in Menomonie, Wisconsin, when me and my roommate and two friends decided to drive up to Duluth, Minnesota just for funsies.  We didn’t really know what we wanted to do there other than see Gooseberry Falls.  So, of course, we packed up the car and headed out!

It was a fun little trip and I finally got to see the falls.  I found my pictures from the trip up there and decided to share them (finally).

You can visit Gooseberry Falls State Park year round, I would love to go back in the summer, but we got to see it in all it’s frozen glory, which was pretty cool.  It was so long ago I don’t really remember specifics of where we were or anything, so just keep that in mind.

We didn’t spend all day at the park, but I did enjoy it while we were there.  We wandered along a partial boardwalk trail before wandering onto the ice.  It wasn’t totally frozen everywhere, so I’m not sure how much I would recommend that.  Just use your own judgment and be careful.

We followed the trail down a bit and admired the falls from afar before heading back out.  We also made a stop at the Split Rock Lighthouse.  There wasn’t a whole lot to do there in the winter, so we looked around a bit before calling it a day and probably heading home.

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Tips for visiting Gooseberry Falls in the winter:

  • The state park is about 40 miles north of Duluth.
  • You can explore the park with snowshoes in the winter.
  • There are also tons of cross-country ski trails and a few miles of snowmobile trails as well.
  • If you want to walk on the ice, be careful and make sure the ice is solid.  I’m not sure I would recommend it because a few of our feet fell through a bit, but we made it out alive and not frozen.
  • It can get pretty cold here, so be prepared with good winter gear and layers in case it’s a warm winter day

Have you been to Gooseberry Falls?  When did you go?  Did you like it?  What is your favorite Minnesota state park?

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