The TRACK Trail follows the 1.25 mile Valley of the Giants Trail. Several giant trees grow in this rich floodplain soil. This forest boasts some of the state’s largest oak and cottonwood trees and near state records for elm, ash, boxelder, and willow.
One oak and two cottonwoods are listed in the State Big Tree Registry. The preservation of these giant trees started with the original homesteader to the area, Ole Bergerson in 1868, who valued the protection and beauty afforded by these trees. Many species of plants and animals can be seen in and around this lush forest.
Adventures for Big Sioux Recreation Area
Birds of South DakotaDifficulty:
Nature's Hide & SeekDifficulty:
Big Sioux: Need for TreesDifficulty:
Big Sioux Recreation Area is 4 miles Southeast of Brandon South Dakota. Take exit 406 off of I-90. Turn south onto S Dakota 11 S/482nd Ave/N Splitrock Blvd. Turn right onto S Sioux Blvd and continue to the Recreation Area entrance. Please see the South Dakota State Parks Department map for details. http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/big-sioux/docs/big-sioux.pdf
The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.
The Big Sioux Recreation Area TRACK Trail was made possible through partnerships formed between the Kids in Parks program and the South Dakota State Parks Department, with funds provided by South Dakota Department of Health, Healthy South Dakota Program.