Explore the most popular river 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.

I’m on this trail a lot for running, walking and biking. It’s fantastic. I just wish the city would be more consistent with bathroom quality and placement, and that they’d open them earlier in the mornings for early-rising runners.

walking
30 days ago

Beautiful park that is a sparkling gem in Sioux City. The trail is very easy and there are lots of places where kids can climb on rocks.

road biking
1 month ago

Awesome Trail. One of my favorite trails in the 15 states I have cycled in. Stunning parks, one after another on the southern portion. Since I don’t see anyway to post pictures, I will post them to my site, cyclingthe50.com.

road biking
3 months 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
9 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
10 months ago

road biking
11 months ago

The southern part was especially pretty.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Amazing area. Well maintained.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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.

Friday, July 14, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Easy trails, scenic overlooks were awesome

walking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

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.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Short easy. Some nicely done scenic overlooks.

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.

hiking
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.

walking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Flat and paved but a nice walk.

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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Easy walk around the park.

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.

hiking
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

on Bur Oak Trail

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

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.

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