Gitchie Manitou State Preserve is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sioux Falls, South Dakota that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, fishing, and canoeing and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The Preserve sits on the Big Sioux River just on the border between South Dakota and the farthest Northwest corner of Iowa. This small State Preserve sits on the border between South Dakota and the farthest Northwest corner of Iowa. It has a large pool of water in a Quartzite formation, views of the Big Sioux River and some native wildflowers and grasses. It is a low maintenance area. Some of the trail is a 2 wheeled track that is not mowed.
Trail not well maintained. Fallen trees along the portion next to the river. A very quiet trail though which is nice to have close to a city. The pool was nice. I recommend starting the trail from the Southeast entrance and not the North. Some tall Bluestem native grass In some areas. Trail is a little over 2 miles in length.@backpackerneil
Very primitive trails... secluded and easy hiking. Enjoyed this area. I would imagine this is a great place to canoe. Ideal for a short hike and a view of nature.