Looking to get some R&R in southeast South Dakota? Then look no further than the Big Sioux Recreation Area! Situated on the banks of the Big Sioux River, this 430-acre site offers numerous recreational activities, drawing hikers, bicyclists, campers, archers, and canoers from the nearby cities of Brandon and Sioux Falls and beyond. The best part is, Fido is welcome to tag along, so pack up your furry BFF for an unfurgettable outdoor adventure!
Doggos who love discovering new places will be pleased to know that there are several miles of trails to explore at the Big Sioux Recreation Area. Note that the trails range from moderate to difficult, so couch potato pups may want to go for a walk on the paved roads instead. If you and your pooch are up for a good workout, hit the 2-mile Valley of the Giants Trail, which will lead you through a forest that boasts some of the state's largest cottonwood and oak trees. You will also find elm, willow, ash, and boxelder trees, as well as many species of wildlife, in the lush forest.
For an easier hike, check out the pawpular Bike Trail. Spanning 2.5 miles, this paved path runs from the park entrance to the city of Brandon, passing the campground in the middle and meandering along the river for about a mile. In the evenings, it is a furrific spot to watch fireflies. Whichever parts of the park you and your pupper explore, always carry doggie waste bags and clean up after your canine companion. Fido is allowed to go off-leash when in a remote area and more than 200 feet from other visitors, but must be on a 10-foot leash when in the campground and near other guests.
Other activities that you and your furry friend can enjoy are camping, kayaking, and disc golf. For a woofderful time in the outdoors, head on over to the Big Sioux Recreation Area!