north shore mn, hotels near gooseberry fallsWinter has graced the Northland with buckets on buckets of white fluffy snow this season, and it doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. Just because there is snow doesn’t mean you need to put a hold on your winter vacation to the North Shore MN, especially when you’re a guest at Superior Shores Resort. Here are some fantastic wintertime hiking activities at our favorite MN State Parks to keep you moving this winter season and seeing the beauty of our area.

Gear for Winter Hiking

Make sure you have these items before heading out on your day trip or a half day trip to one of the State Parks. You’ll want to ensure your safety and warmth while exploring the beautiful lands from the ground.

Footwear: Insulated winter hiking boots, ideally ones that can withstand temps of -20 degrees or more, foot warmers, Ice cleats (yaktrax)

Headwear: Insulated hats (wool or fleece), face mask or balaclava, snow goggles

Hands: Insulated gloves (wool or fleece), hand warmers

Body: Thermal base layer, mid layer, pants, and insulated jacket

Other Gear: Survival kit and safety kits are a must


Gooseberry Falls State Park is one of the best spots just north of Two Harbors and our resort to get active and enjoy the great outdoors. In the winter Gooseberry features majestic frozen waterfalls from their upper, middle, and lower fall ranges. With lots of trails, you’ll be set to embrace the MN cold and the beauty of the land around the shores of Lake Superior.


Tettegouche State Park, (pronounced T-EH-T-ah-goo-sh) is just a little way farther than gooseberry but offers even more trailheads and spectacular views of Lake Superior! The trails overlook the marvelous Sawtooth Mountains, and you won’t want to miss the scenery from Shovel Point, or the cascading icy High Falls of the Baptism River.

Day Trips

Tettegouche and Gooseberry are easily accessible for half day outings, but if you’re looking for full day trips head further up Highway 61 to Temperance River State Park, Judge C. R. Magney State Park, and George Crosby Manitou State Park, just to name a few! The last State Park you’ll encounter in Minnesota is the Grand Portage National Monument and State Park. Which is only, about a 2-hour drive from Two Harbors, so it’s easy to make a trip there, hike for a bit, and then come back to Superior Shores Resort along the stunning North Shore MN landscape!

Return to Superior Shores

Once returning from your fantastic hiking adventure, you’re sure to enjoy warming up in the comforts of our accommodations. With Superior Shores Resort you’ll be able to bask in the glorious beauty of the North Shore MN then spend your nights curled up, sipping on a drink from our Kamloops Lounge, or making s’mores by our nightly bonfires. From hiking the great MN state parks to our resort, there is plenty of winter activities to keep you entertained during these colder months. Book your stay with us today and see just what makes a winter vacation in MN so special!