Great Bear Recreation Park Trails

Great Bear Recreation Park Trails

5901 E Rice Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57110

Hiking Trail:

There are no fees associated with hiking at Great Bear!

Great Bear is a part of the Loess Mountain Range and features picturesque nature walks and backcountry hiking experiences. This 220-acre park is the largest in the Sioux Falls Park and Recreation Department and is a wonderful example of the glacial deposit areas common to this region.

The Ralph and Doris Wallin Nature Trail winds through the hills and valleys of the park, offering hikers spectacular views of Sioux Falls as well as secluded Burr Oak canopied creek bottoms. This 4-mile (6 kilometer) trail system has 3 distinct loops ranging from an ADA-rated hard surfaced trail for those seeking a leisurely stroll through the park to the more demanding primitive deer trails for those wishing a more backcountry experience.

Remember, Great Bear Ski Valley has a fragile ecological system. Please, take only pictures and leave only footprints! Pet are welcome but must be on a leash at all times.

  • 4 miles of hiking trails
  • Varied terrain for different skill levels
  • Amazing scenic overlook
  • Beautiful natural vistas
  • Ideal picnicking spots
  • Great on-leash dog walking areas
  • Close to the city convenience
  • 32 miles of visibility on a clear day from Overlook Trail
  • Picture perfect settings with wooden bridges crossing creeks and ponds throughout 220 acres

Cross Country Ski Trail:

Explore the quiet beauty of Great Bear Ski Valley on our 4-mile trail system of groomed, cross country trails.

Cross country ski rentals are available.