Map: https://www.siouxfalls.org/parks/bike Uses: Running, Walking, Bicycling Know Before You Go: This trail features several water stations and rest stops. The northern part can be very windy and sunny. Detours are common on this trail and often take you on major thoroughfares, so be sure to check the website before you go. Length: 29 miles including spurs. Time: 2 hours or so on a bicycle, depending on spurs you take. Difficulty: Easy. Terrain: Asphalt. Dog-friendly: Yes, but dogs must be leashed. Kid-friendly: Yes, but make sure you only bite off what your kids can chew.
The Sioux Falls Bike Trail runs along the Big Sioux River through many parks and greenways. Passing over old-fashioned trestle bridges under beautiful deciduous trees, this trail is fragrant and flowery in the spring; lush and green in the summer; beautifully-colored in the fall; and kept clear in the winter so you can view the snow-and-ice art created by Jack Frost. It goes past the Fairgrounds, the Sioux Falls Airport, the State Penitentiary, and several urban and natural vistas. Keep an eye out for wildlife, especially during less-busy times of day.
The trail is frequented not only by bicyclists, but also by runners and walkers. It’s quite busy in the summer, so we like to start reasonably early and start and wrap up in Falls Park, the jewel of the Sioux Falls area. Created by Rose Quarzite and the Big Sioux River, the Falls of the Big Sioux River drop an average of 7,400 gallons of water over 100 feet each second. Native American people were the first to visit the Falls, and today the park is home to many events. A restaurant in Falls Park offers ice cream and paninis to cap off your ride.