Great Bear Recreation Park is a unique geological feature referred to as a Loess Mountain Range. This 220 acre park, the largest in the Sioux Falls Park and Recreation Department, is a wonderful example of the glacial deposit areas common to this region. These rolling hills of sand and gravel covered by a delicate layer of topsoil play host to a wide array of vegetation from a Burr Oak forest to open hilltop vistas teeming with bluestem and wildflowers.
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 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 Recreation Park has a fragile ecological system. Please, take only pictures, leave only footprints!
Summer Hiking Pictures