Valley of the Giants

MODERATE 13 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.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
118 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

river

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.

hiking
11 days ago

Kind of confusing but fun. But I must strongly advise you to bring bug repellent if you are going in the warmer months. I plan to come again and maybe try the different trails in the fall time.

hiking
25 days ago

Great trail! Four dollars to enter the park.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike!!

walking
1 month ago

7 months ago

9 months ago

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

Thursday, March 24, 2016

hiking
Monday, March 07, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, September 13, 2015

hiking
Monday, September 22, 2014

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

hiking
Friday, July 18, 2014

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2011

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.