Located in the southeastern corner of South Dakota, the city of Yankton offers its 13,500 residents and many yearly tourists a total of 30 miles of biking trails. The well-maintained network of multi-purpose trails is safe, family-friendly, and relatively free of debris and litter. An exploration of all of the trails will provide a thorough tour of Yankton’s offerings, from shopping districts to schools and museums to the sweeping shores of the Missouri River. Below are some of the most frequented bike trails in the town of Yankton:
- For a scenic, relaxing ride along the Missouri River, look no further than the Yankton Biking Trail. Smoothly paved and well-maintained, the 10-mile trail connects the city of Yankton to the tourist-frequented Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. During the ride, you’ll enjoy picturesque views of the water and will traverse residential areas and open fields.
- The Paddlewheel Point Trail originates at the town’s 4th Street visitor center and continues on to its namesake, providing glimpses of a variety of native plant life along the way.
- Named after famous local Tom Brokaw, the Auld-Brokaw Trail bisects the middle of the town, passing by scenic city parks, nature areas, and local schools. The Rotary Nature Area is locally known for its outdoor classroom. Several resting spots are provided along the way.
- Along the Arboretum Trail, bikers enjoy an up-close view of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers, along with an outdoor classroom near the local high school.
- The Fantle Memorial Park Trail leads bikers through a large outdoor recreational area, complete with swimming pool, baseball fields, and tennis courts. Stop for an outdoor meal at one of the picnic areas before continuing on.
- The Riverside Park Trail meanders to a picturesque park nestled along the Missouri. This is the location of the annual Riverboat Days, a widely celebrated event attended by thousands of Yankton locals and tourists. If you’re lucky, you may glimpse a stunning fireworks display during your August ride.