A few years ago, I moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to accept a job promotion.
I knew absolutely nothing about the city and had no friends or relatives in the area.
The parameters of my job don’t make it easy to meet people. While I was amazed by the beauty of Sioux Falls, I was extremely lonely. I finally bought myself a bike and decided to explore the extensive network of trails. My first day on my new bike took me to the Big Sioux River Greenway Trail. This path stretches along the banks of the Big Sioux River and the views of the water, wildlife and lush greenery are truly incredible. The trail is wonderfully well-maintained, making it ideal for my novice skill level. After fully traversing every mile of the Big Sioux River Greenway Trail, I moved on to Falls Park. The trail winds through the park, passing by the iconic waterfalls, historic ruins and colorful gardens. The views are truly stunning. It took me forever to complete my ride because I kept stopping to admire new landscapes. I often ride this trail without playing music, just so that I can appreciate the sounds of cascading water from the falls. Once I built up my strength and stamina, I was ready to tackle Legacy Park Loop. The trail encircles Legacy Park, where there are sports facilities, playgrounds and green spaces. The loop is paved and well-marked and a favorite of walkers, joggers and cyclists. It offers a diverse landscape of open fields and wood sections. I eventually discovered Great Bear Recreation Park, which offers a trail that blends challenging terrains with serene stretches. Another favorite is Arrowhead Park Trail. Located on the southwestern outskirts of Sioux Falls, it provides a scenic route with views of grassy meadows, a tranquil lake and dense woodland. It’s a fairly easy ride but always a pleasure.