Bur Oak Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sioux Falls, South Dakota that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October.
This moderate grass trail takes you through native bur oak forest and along the Big Sioux River. Located in Good Earth State Park it takes you to the Northern most part of the park. This trail begins at a high point, takes you along the ridge of the hills along the Big Sioux River and then descends to the river bottom then loops around to more of a lollipop trail.
Bur Oak Trail begins near where the new visitor center for Good Earth State park is being built not far from the gravel parking lot. It goes in a Northerly direction around an old farmstead with a barn and silo. It's a 2 wheeled dirt road for a short distance and then veers to the right where it is a mowed grass path that stays near the trees. Then it descends to the river bottom through a dense oak stand and goes past a grave marker for the first child to have died in Lincoln County. The loop begins as you reach the river bottom where it opens up to prairie grass. The loop gives some views of the Big Sioux River then steadily climbs back up to finish the loop and then back to the trail head in more of a lollipop trail style. At 2.5 miles it's a nice distance for a hike in under an hour yet not too short. Look for the 3 oaks growing in a row along the path. Good path to view wildlife late evening or early morning. @backpackerneil