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Big Sioux Recreation Area

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A short, easy hike with a moderate hill to get the heart beat going!


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2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Loop

1,443' 440 m

High

1,288' 392 m

Low

181' 55 m

Up

181' 55 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly An easy hike for kids to do.

This is a SD State Park. Entry fee or Annual Park Pass is required.

Overview

A simple route along the singletrack trail to clear the mind and get the blood flowing. This hike follows the trails to the Archery Trail Loop area and the Prairie Vista Trail area.

Description

A good, short hike just to get the blood flowing, or to train for longer hikes. Starting from the "Day Use Area," I followed the UNNAMED trail through the Frisbee Golf area and across the bridge headed towards the Archery Range. The route then follows the Prairie Vista Trail along the river headed north.

On the north end of the park, you can follow the trail up the crest of the ridge to the top, or do a "Double Back" about 1/2 way and then climb the steep hill face to the hill crest for a more physically-demanding hike.

There is a hilltop bench area that provides an awesome view to the east for sunrise photography. For added distance, you can cut down the back of the hill and follow the Archery Trail back around to the suspension bridge and back to the parking lot at the "Day Use Area".

Overall, the smooth trails provide great opportunity for trail running and hiking, and also a good place for some winter snowshoeing.

Flora & Fauna

Deer are plentiful in the area. Because it's wooded, always check for ticks when you're done. Eagles have been seen along the river as well.

Contacts

Shared By:

Greg Sage with improvements by Jason Zeisler

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The Big Sioux River meanders along in the spring.
Mar 20, 2017 near Brandon, SD
The view from the top of the Prairie Vista Trail looks east toward the river and the town of Brandon, South Dakota.
Mar 20, 2017 near Brandon, SD

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