Gitchie Manitou State Preserve

EASY 2 reviews

Gitchie Manitou State Preserve is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sioux Falls, SD 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 accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.9 miles 46 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

walking

river

views

wild flowers

blowdown

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.

hiking
2 years ago

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

hiking
3 years ago

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.