Gavins Point Nature Trail

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Gavins Point Nature Trail, Lewis & Clark Rec Area near Yankton South Dakota

Gavins Point Nature Trail is a great way to take in some of the natural beauty of Lewis & Clark Recreation Area. The trail is just over 1 mile long and will take you through woods and meadows and it also provides great vistas of the lake.

This is located in a state park. To access the area you’ll need to purchase a day pass or have a state park sticker in your vehicle. It is about seven miles from Yankton. It is on the west end of Lewis & Clark Recreation area.

The trail is rated as moderate. Expect steep areas on the trail. The trail is covered with mulch and one has to be careful on the hilly portions, as your footing can be loose. There are some benches located on the trail and there is a gazebo at the midway point. This can be a great trail for families as long as you take your time on the steep sections. There is no water available on the trail, so be sure to bring your own.

The SD Game, Fish and Parks has a free map here. If you are wanting a longer hike, Chalk Bluff Trail is just north of here.

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs. Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

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