Explore the most popular birding trails near Sioux Falls with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

road biking
29 days ago

Awesome bike trails. Continued improvements.

Fun little treasure tucked in the very NW corner of Iowa. Excluding some cool geologic formations, nothing in Gitchie will blow you away. Depending if the grounds have been maintained you might run into some graffiti.

One of few places you can combine trails and get a few miles in

walking
6 months ago

Nice paved trail for walking with some gentle elevation change. For the more adventurous, there is a rocky area to climb on and get closer to the falls. There are some points of interest along the walking trail. Lots of green space too. Very busy on a nice Sunday afternoon in July.

One negative is the smell. I'm not sure if it's something that runs through the water or if it's just one of the industrial facilities near the park, but there is a pretty nasty smell in the area.

walking
7 months ago

road biking
9 months ago

The southern part was especially pretty.

Amazing area. Well maintained.

Very nice paved trail. Used for walking, running, cycling, NOT a horse trail. Goes around Sioux Falls. Parked at Fair Grounds, loop was a little over 20 miles.

it is a nice walk with waterfall backdrops throughout. Historical markers provide interesting information about the site.

walking
11 months ago

Gorgeous cascade downtown. Worth a visit both as a destination and when passing througth

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Scenic. Walking. Lots of people. Spots for picnics.

Nice trails. Not very difficult. Good for jogging. Some hills.

walking
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Stunning! Lookout tower shows the beauty of this place. We were able to see a group of geese on the knoll. Lots of relaxing spots to just soak in the beauty.

walking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Flat and paved but a nice walk.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

easy and quiet

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Trail was clean and easy to follow. Well maintained.

nature trips
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Great trail for long walks with great views. Downfall: majority of it is paved, makes it feel less outdoorsy.

A nice easy hike for the evening

hiking
Friday, October 09, 2015

Great trail overall. Oct 2015 the south part of the trail between Western Ave and Minn Ave is under construction, but the loop can still be completed by using Yankton Trail Parker soccer field parking lot just adjacent to the construction. Great that they are resurfacing and widening as that was the "weak link" in the loop trail. Overall a great experience for walkers, joggers, hikers, bikers and will be better in spring 2016 when the trail work is done.

This is a combination of 4 separate trails currently at Good Earth State Park. This newest park is evolving even as I write this. I began this route on the Bur Oak Trail, then connected with the Riparian Trail, then took the connector trail to River Lookout and completing it back at the parking lot. I wanted a longer hike and this was the best of all trails too. If you haven't been to this newest State Park check it out. I don't think you'll be disappointed. The vision for this cultural and historical area is grand. I can't wait to watch it unfold. @backpackerneil

hiking
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bur Oak Trail begins near where the new visitor center for Good Earth State park is being built not far from the gravel parking lot. It goes in a Northerly direction around an old farmstead with a barn and silo. It's a 2 wheeled dirt road for a short distance and then veers to the right where it is a mowed grass path that stays near the trees. Then it descends to the river bottom through a dense oak stand and goes past a grave marker for the first child to have died in Lincoln County. The loop begins as you reach the river bottom where it opens up to prairie grass. The loop gives some views of the Big Sioux River then steadily climbs back up to finish the loop and then back to the trail head in more of a lollipop trail style. At 2.5 miles it's a nice distance for a hike in under an hour yet not too short. Look for the 3 oaks growing in a row along the path. Good path to view wildlife late evening or early morning. @backpackerneil

hiking
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Very Easy short trail. Is a nice quiet trail with a very picturesque pond and footbridge. Saw wild turkeys and signs of other wildlife. @backpackerneil

road biking
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

This spur trail begins at Sertoma park and goes along the West side of the Big Sioux River and then joins Skunk Creek where it enters the big Sioux. At a good pace you can do this in 40 minutes out and back.

hiking
Monday, September 01, 2014

Trail not well maintained. Fallen trees along the portion next to the river. A very quiet trail though which is nice to have close to a city. The pool was nice. I recommend starting the trail from the Southeast entrance and not the North. Some tall Bluestem native grass In some areas. Trail is a little over 2 miles in length.@backpackerneil

This is a multiple use trail designed with bike riding in mind. The trail is wider from Falls Park area to the Southeast part of the trail as this is a heavy use area. Moderate use is on the West and North sides. The trail does not go through Falls Park, the most scenic part, but is just off trail after going over a railroad crossing going North. It is on the East side. The West /North sides are more open and more challenging on windy days. East and South offer more trees and lots of views of the river. The Northern most tip is where the Flood control diversion channel begins and goes Southeast to a spillway where the diversion channel rejoins the river. Multiple access points to the trail make it easy to get on most anywhere. There are couple of blind corners. One going West from Western Ave under an old bridge. Another is a very narrow passage/blind corner going under railroad on North end at where the Big Sioux and Diversion channel split. The most foot traffic is in the downtown area. Path is very wide there but watch out for pedestrians crossing path without looking for bikes. Evenings you can even spot deer on the Southeast side. The trail is busy most nice days after work hours and on the weekends. @backpackerneil

hiking
Sunday, October 27, 2013

Very primitive trails... secluded and easy hiking. Enjoyed this area. I would imagine this is a great place to canoe. Ideal for a short hike and a view of nature.

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