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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.

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 85 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Camping Cross country skiing Fishing Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest River
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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.

Location of the trailhead: Located off northeast parking loop Facilities at or near the trailhead: Drinking water (seasonal), parking, picnic table, shelter

Big Sioux Recreation Park is located north of Park St on the South West side of Brandon, SD. Go north to teh bottom of the hill and turn right (east), there is a parking lot up the hill. Trailhead is behind gazebo.

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Sheila Grandorff
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Katie Johnson
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This was so BEAUTIFUL! I had no idea it was so close to Sioux Falls

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CARLY GRAVNING
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Very nice trail, but a lot of it is blocked by fallen trees.

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Paul Frohn
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Nice view trial block from trees

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Nature Life
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HikingBugsGreat!No shade

Very nice trail. Most of it is uncovered trail so bring a hat and sunscreen. Part of the hike is in the woods but most of it is on paved trail.

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Rick Bogue
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Very nice trail. Has som magnificent old cottwood trees in the lower section. The trail however does not exist in the mapped location due to large blowdown. A shorter bypass seems to have been bushwhacked in up the draw at the point the trail reaches the river otherwise you must take the trail to the flood plain trail and then walk the paved trail back to a connection to continue the trail. Otherwise a good hike.

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Aimee Gravgaard
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Like others said, great hike but washed out so you can't complete the full loop. I'll definitely come back!

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Leigh Brooks
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Great singletrack hike through the floodplain forest and adjoining bluff blanketed in white snow.

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Chelsey Jacobs
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HikingMuddyWashed out

great trail! its a little washed out so once you hit the huge tree on the ground you have to turn around

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Pooja Pullman
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Great to go biking with your kiddos. Fun year round. Definitely gets muddy and sometimes is closed due to water over run.

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Sherry McCune
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Paved hiking/bicycle path. Extremely easy. Parts were flooded. BUG SPRAY lots of mosquitos, prob due to so much standing water.

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Marissa Gasner
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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.

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Amanda Baumann
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Great trail! Four dollars to enter the park.

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Harmony Libby
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Great hike!!

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

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

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Neil Christensen
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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

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Brenda Mitzel
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Marilyn Durant
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Nathan McFarland
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Nyna Nygaard
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Mary Dearborn
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Mary Dearborn
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Nathan Kems
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