This easy paved path showcases the historic Edna G tug, the potential of an iron ore ship being loaded [pictured at right], the Two Harbors Lighthouse and both Agate Bay and Burlington Bay. Agate Bay is where the ships and tug are and Burlington Bay is on the east side of town, and includes Lakeview Park for skipping rocks, wading, and admiring Lake Superior views. With shops, restaurants, and a brewery adjacent to the trail, stroll the mile-long walkway then return and enjoy the amenities.
Hop on the trail in downtown Two Harbors [mile marker 26.1] by turning south on 6th Street for .75 miles Click below for details and a map.
The beauty of of the park is steps from the Visitor Center, and sometimes on the way to the center, like these deer just off the path from the parking lot. A brief, paved, accessible path leads to the oft-photographed Middle Falls. Head south to view the Lower Falls or take a short accessible hike to the north, under Highway 61 that leads to the Upper Falls. This makes Gooseberry an ideal stop for everyone! Take advantage of the displays, restrooms and gift shop inside, then head to the river.
The park has an abundance of inland trails, too. See the link below for more info and maps.
Gooseberry Falls State Park is at mile marker 39.5, northeast of Two Harbors.
While it doesn’t meet the definition of a hike, the GGST is ideal for walking with strollers, walkers, wheelchairs, or those looking for a paved surface. The bonus in the summer is the cool breezes right off the lake; the downside is it can be downright cold if the wind is off the lake. When completed, the Gitchi-Gami State Trail (GGST) will be an 89-mile non-motorized, paved recreational trail between Two Harbors and Grand Marais, Minnesota, along Lake Superior’s beautiful and historic North Shore. Several segments of the trail, totaling over 29 miles, are complete. The longest completed section is the 14.1-mile segment between Gooseberry Falls State Park northeast to the town of Beaver Bay.
A few especially pretty parts of the trail are the 1/2-mile at Silver Creek Tunnel offering wide open lake views; the bridge over the Split Rock River mouth and the section of trail which leads northeast into the park.
Harbor Park is the green space and performance area on the harbor in downtown Grand Marais. It is a great spot to sit and skip stones and enjoy the lake and town. From the park, follow the sidewalk west through town, and at North House follow the paved path down along the harbor for the paved Lake Loop, or continue along the sidewalk/paved GGST for another 1.25 miles to the edge of town.
From mile marker 109.5 on Hwy 61, turn south; start your walk at Harbor Park.
The Pigeon River drops 950 feet ending with the 120-foot drop High Falls. This lower reach is particularly rugged until a short distance after the falls, where the river widens. An easy half-mile hiking trail in Grand Portage State Park leads to the High Falls. The trail end has two great viewing decks where you can feel the spray of the falls and take photos!
Leave time for a visit to the center and store within this state park, too.
Grand Portage State Park is at mile marker 144.0 near the boundary between the United States and Canada.