September 19, 2017
A classic fall hike at Gooseberry Falls State Park:
Fall at Gooseberry is breathtaking. Viewing the fall colors that surround the rushing waterfalls that flow into Lake Superior is like no other during prime fall foliage season. The fresh air, crunching of leaves beneath your feet and impeccable views will have you leaving wanting more.
Take a look below to read the Minnesota DNR’s Fall Color Finders current review of Gooseberry Falls fall foliage:
Where to go
Enjoy the hike along the River View Trail from the waterfalls to the mouth of the river to view the first signs of fall.
What you’ll see
There are still plenty of flowers blooming throughout the park. The leaves have slowly begun to change color and fall, but that hasn’t stopped the butterflies and dragonflies from hanging around. With all the recent rain, mushrooms are popping up all over.
Spend the last few warm days of Summer enjoying Agate beach at the mouth of the river or even hike up to Fifth Falls to view the cascading water! Be sure to stop in the Visitor’s Center for some souvenirs and ice cream before it gets too cold.
Sharing a slice (or two) of Pie:
It’s hard to get through the fall season without eating your weight in pie – it’s a staple this time of year. One of our favorite spots to grab a slice of pie along the North Shore is the Rustic Inn Café, which is just down the road from our Lodge. Most people think of Betty’s Pies as the only place to grab a slice of pie when traveling along the shore but the Rustic Inn has some legendary recipes as well. And what better way to end a day of hiking or adventuring along the shore than by sharing a slice of pie?
A Fall Picnic:
Picnics are absolutely lovely! We highly encourage them here at Grand Superior Lodge. Impromptu cheese-and-cracker-affairs, roasted hot dogs and chips, or wine and smoked fish; it’s not what you eat, it’s the fun of eating in our beautiful outdoors.
Looking for picnic supplies? We recommend take-out meals from Splashing Rock, local smoked fish from Lou’s (Two Harbors) and all the fixings from the local Super One grocery store or variety of convenience stores. Morning picnics can be enhanced with a stop at the Vanilla Bean bakery or Blueberry (conveniently located next to each other in Two Harbors).
Grand Superior Lodge -
On our massive outcropping stone beach, these rocks were made for sitting in the sunshine at the lake’s edge. A nice little agate-hunting beach and picnic area just south of Grand Superior but northeast of Two Harbors. Sit on the edge of Lake Superior and view the fall colors that stretch along the shore.
Two Harbors Waterfront -
Picnic tables, a gazebo and the chance to see a ship or two! In Two Harbors, off Highway 61, on the waterfront.
Biking is a fantastic family activity and a unique opportunity to experience the fall scenery that surrounds Grand Superior Lodge.
We offer free two-hour bike rentals to our guests. Bikes and helmets (for both adults and kids) can be checked out at the front desk. If you’re looking for an extended trip or mountain biking we recommend bringing your own gear.
Although we do not have direct access to stake biking trails the shoulder of Highway 61 has been recessed for bikers and runners. This provides easy access to a stunning 14.1 mile segment of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail starting at Gooseberry Falls State Park.
Relaxing in the Hot tub:
After a long day of being outdoors enjoying the fall foliage, come back to the lodge and relax in the hot tub while taking in our fantastic view of Lake Superior.