Valley of the Giants

MODERATE 8 reviews

Valley of the Giants is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brandon, South Dakota that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.5 miles 118 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly





nature trips

trail running


cross country skiing



Several giant trees grow in this rich floodplain soil. This forest boasts some of the states largest oak and cottonwood trees and near state records for elm, ash, boxelder, and willow. One oak and two cottonwoods are listed in the State Big Tree Registry. The preservation of these giant trees started with the original homesteader to the area, Ole Bergerson in 1868, who valued the protection and beauty afforded by these trees. Many species of plants and animals can be seen in and around this lush forest.

2 months ago

4 months ago

Muddy trail but fun for the family. Kids had a blast exploring and climbing.

9 months ago

10 months ago

Muddy but great! Beautiful trail will changes in elevation and plenty that runs along the waterside.

1 year ago

2 years ago

This trail is mostly a heavy canopy of trees that makes for a nice hike on a hot day. It begins next to a Gazebo in the park and comes out to the asphalt bike trail that finishes the loop. Mature Oak and Giant Cottonwood trees are predominant. The trail descends to the river bottom where you get close looks at the Big Sioux. @backpackerneil

2 years ago

5 years ago

A somewhat hidden trail definitely worth discovering. Beautiful views, this trail is best in the summer and fall. The trail has lots of elevation changes and connects to the bike trail at two different points.