Gavin's Point Nature Trail

EASY 7 reviews

Gavin's Point Nature Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Yankton, South Dakota that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.2 miles
127 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running


Winding through native woods, across meadows and past scenic overlooks, the 1.2 mile Gavins Point Nature Trail will add interest and enjoyment to your Lewis and Clark Lake visit. An overlook shelter at the top of the trail offers a beautiful view of scenic Lewis and Clark Lake and the chalkrock bluffs in the distance. A sharp-eyed viewer may spy hawks circling in updrafts, and cliff swallows making high-rise homes in the rocky cliffs. This trail will acquaint you with some plants, wildlife and other natural features of the area. Deer, turkey, rabbits and squirrels are just some of the animals that can be seen along the trail, along with several species of birds. Be sure to pick up our Bird Checklist at the Welcome Center. Stay on the trail for safe footing and to avoid thorns, burrs or plants that may cause skin irritations. Vehicles, bicycles and horses are prohibited. This is a foot trail only.

trail running
1 month ago

Gorgeous view of cliffs overlooking the river

1 month ago

Great trail but it is a bit difficult on long uphill climbs in some areas. The views are really awesome of the river. Beware as some paths stray from the trail.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Great hike for families. Easy climb on a well-traveled path. Leads to a shelter with nice views. Enjoyable any time of year.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Friday, April 21, 2017