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Awesome lightly trafficked area, great area to bring the dog for a hike.

Extensive trail system in a secluded location. Off the beaten path.

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

Fun trail with a lot of great views. A small section is aggressively uphill and wear you out if not prepared. The nature sounds are always present and views are spectacular for eastern South Dakota.

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9 months ago

This is FAR from "Aggressive"!
I love this trail for exercising my dog, and myself, as well as early morning (sunrise) photography, but this is FAR from "Aggressive" (Maybe for YOUNG children I guess)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Holy Mosquitos, Batman! I'd definitely consider this a moderate hike at most, and that's considering that I pretty much sprinted up the hill to get away from the swarms of 'skeeters. The views are gorgeous from the top though!

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Friday, August 04, 2017

Great scenic hike close to home. I would rate this more moderate than hard. There is one steep incline, and one decline, otherwise this trail is pretty much flat

Thursday, July 20, 2017

It's hard to tell where you're supposed to go, all of the sudden the trail gets overgrown. The parts that were maintained were great. The bridges were fun, the creek was pretty and the old homestead is very cool.

mountain biking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

It was my first time riding the trail and it was a great uphill workout I must say. The downhill wasn't bad and was able to gain some good speed. Trail was well maintained so high five to the park!

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

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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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Great trail! Four dollars to enter the park.

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Monday, May 08, 2017

Great hike!!

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Monday, May 08, 2017

Great hike!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

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

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Friday, June 17, 2016

We had a terrible time on this trail today. None of the turns were marked, major portions were overgrown with briars, and some parts were blocked by downed branches. We found a map online, but I can't say that was much help either. We won't be back.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

My family and I loved this place. But we only know it by the name of Beaver Creek Nature Area.

Lots of twists and turns. There is never a boring view and you have plenty of choices to make on what path you want to travel.

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Monday, March 07, 2016

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

cross country skiing
Friday, June 26, 2015

It's a fun moderate hike. A little confusing to get to footbridge but after that the trail is fairly obvious. Had a great time training for Philmont with my sons and recommend the trail.

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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

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Monday, September 22, 2014

This trail has big views and is a good length for a workout. The beginning goes through a disc golf course and could be a little confusing the first time through. Just head West until you get to the footbridge over the river. I hiked it counter clockwise and after you cross the foot bridge you go up and up to the top of the ridge. Big breezy views await. Prairie and few trees on this trail. Great for keeping bugs away in the breeze. Dirt trail then loops down to the Big Sioux River and then back to the trail head. @backpackerneil

hiking
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Why I like this trail. It's away from major roads off from a gravel road so is it's low traffic even on weekends. Ash, oak and a few American elm and box elder trees are the bulk of the canopy. A suspended footbridge and old log cabin to add interest to an otherwise ordinary trail. I am purposefully giving it a rating of 3 stars to keep star rankings from adding more traffic to an otherwise tranquil trail. Great family trail. @backpackerneil

on Valley of the Giants

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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.

on Homesteader Nature Trail

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Monday, June 06, 2011

Great trail with lots of different vegetation.

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