Winding through native woods, across meadows and past scenic overlooks, the 1.2 mile Gavins Point Nature Trail will add interest and enjoyment to your Lewis and Clark Lake visit. An overlook shelter at the top of the trail offers a beautiful view of scenic Lewis and Clark Lake and the chalkrock bluffs in the distance. A sharp-eyed viewer may spy hawks circling in updrafts, and cliff swallows making high-rise homes in the rocky cliffs.
This trail will acquaint you with some plants, wildlife and other natural features of the area. Deer, turkey, rabbits and squirrels are just some of the animals that can be seen along the trail, along with several species of birds. Be sure to pick up our “Bird Checklist” at the Welcome Center.
Adventures for Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
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To get to the TRACK Trail (located at the west end of Lewis & Clark Recreation Area) you need to take the Lewis & Clark Recreation Area Gavins Point Trails entrance to the park. Please see the South Dakota State Parks Department map for details. http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/lewis-and-clark/docs/lewis-and-clark.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 Lewis and Clark 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.