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Big Sioux Recreation Area

Map of TRACK Trail at Big Sioux Recreation Area

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.

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Collectible sticker for Big Sioux Recreation Area

Location Details

Recreational Features: Disc Golf, Camping, Picnic Tables, Birding, Playground
Amenities: Restrooms, Visitor Center, Lodging Cabins
ADA Compliant: No
Seasonality: Open all year
Trailhead sign
Dirt trail through trees
Dirt trail through trees
Dirt trail through dense forest
Large trees on a densely forested bank
Large tree stretching over trail

Adventures for Big Sioux Recreation Area

Hiking

Animal Athletes

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.25
The Animal Athletes adventure challenges kids to exercise with the animals. This brochure gives kids eight different animal exercises they can do along the trail. From hummingbird hand-swings to frog hops, kids are sure to have fun getting in shape with the animals during their outdoor adventures.
Birds of South Dakota brochure
Hiking

Birds of South Dakota

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.25
The Birds of the South Dakota brochure shows kids where to look for different birds along the trail. The brochure contains illustrations of some of the more common woodland birds and information on how to identify them through various clues.
Hiking

Nature's Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.25
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
The Need for Trees brochure
Hiking

Big Sioux: Need for Trees

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.25
By following the picture and textual clues found in "The Need for Trees" brochure, kids will discover six of the more common trees found along the trail. During their adventure, kids will learn about the need that people and other animals have for trees and about the roles trees play in the forest.

Directions

410 W Park St
Brandon, SD 57005
Latitude: 43.572560600000
Longitude: -96.588710600000

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

Partners

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.