Explore the most popular hiking 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.

2 months ago

We love Leaders Park. It’s almost completely wooded, so not many ugly, hot clearings like many of the state parks. The whole understory is buckthorn, but it’s maintained by a biking group, not the city or state. Maybe that’s why it feels so good, Parks and Rec isn’t in there killing everything all the time. Small, and audible interstate traffic, but close to home and my 4-year old is very partial to these trails. This is the only park at which we hike that he feels an instinct to run. Great job F.A.S.T.

Edibles and usefuls: mushrooms, nettle, garlic mustard, a few gooseberry, a couple grapes,and buckthorn (laxative). Large trees are mostly cottonwood, maple, boxelder, and ash.

2 months ago

Great, close to my house, parking if you need to drive. great way to burn an hour or 2.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Small but nice for area.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Enjoyable year round for all ages. Great for hiking and mountain biking. There is multiple trails with different levels of difficulty and they sometimes change or add new ones every year! A great escape from the city (even though it’s smack dab in the heart of it!)

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

10 months ago

10 months ago

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Easy trails, scenic overlooks were awesome

mountain biking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

I would like to thanks to "FAST" for maintaining this amazing single track in our area. It has a wide variety of areas that will test your ability and give you a great ride.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

I had my little one with me so we just did the green loop, but it had nice scenery and lots of mild ups and downs. We looped it twice. I look forward to going back soon!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Great walk with the dogs. We did the hardest loop. Down side was the bikers. Cause we had to stop to let them pass

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Very easy to navigate and choose easy, moderate, or difficult trails. My 6 and 9 year olds did great walking the easy and moderate trails, although we had to turn back on the difficult trail (much longer distance).

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Good quick trail run loop.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Back wood hiking next to Sioux Falls.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Great single track biking. Great trail running. Feels like you are out of town. Lots of hills. The area is great sledding in winter.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Short easy. Some nicely done scenic overlooks.

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

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Very nicely kept trail. Took a side trail of the main one and went through the more rough paths that were not as visible- it made for a nice challenge and more of a workout.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

easy and quiet

Sunday, June 26, 2016

This was a challenge for sure. My family and I enjoyed that great workout and wonderful views!

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Trail was clean and easy to follow. Well maintained.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

we hiked this trail tonight. it was tough and we didn't see it all but we all had fun.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Easy walk around the park.

A nice easy hike for the evening

Friday, October 17, 2014

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

mountain biking
Friday, October 10, 2014

Leaders Park has a very nice Mountain Bike area with 3 different levels of skill tracks to choose from. Easy, Moderate, and Difficult. If you like Mountain biking there is a trail for you here or if you want to try it for the first time I recommend the easy loop. Both times I've done Leaders Park I have seen deer and have been out there by myself. Located next to I-229 it's easy to get to. A big thanks to Falls Area Single Track (FAST) for making this a great trail and for maintaining it! This trail can also be used for hiking and provides a good elevation change to make it a good work out. @backpackerneil

on Bur Oak Trail

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

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