Hiking at Great Bear Park

Hiking in Sioux Falls, SD at Great BearGreat 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. 

There are no fees associated with hiking at Great Bear! 

Remember, Great Bear Recreation Park 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. 

Check out our summer trail guide!