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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

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Easy trails, scenic overlooks were awesome

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Short easy. Some nicely done scenic overlooks.

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

Saturday, July 16, 2016

easy and quiet

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Trail was clean and easy to follow. Well maintained.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Easy walk around the park.

A nice easy hike for the evening

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

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

hiking
Friday, August 15, 2014

This is a new trail in South Dakota's newest State Park. The trail is being overlaid with gravel this summer and is still under construction. Wildflower and native grass meadows dominate the interior of the loop and Oak forest and river are the features of the East and North side of the loop. Light traffic and a quick outdoor getaway make this a nice trail. @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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