If you are getting into mountain biking, but are not sure if you want to tackle rough terrain, Legacy Park Singletrack near Sioux Falls is ideal for you. This is a machine-built, multi-use trail with approximately three miles of maintained track that twists through the flat terrain in a grassy open area with no trees to worry about. The trail is a great option for beginner mountain bikers, hikers, and runners, who can enjoy it year-round.
The Legacy Park Singletrack was only opened in 2020 and it offers a non-technical, welcoming adventure for those who don’t want to deal with uneven terrain. The trail is packed dirt and the grade follows the natural river bluff topography of the beautiful Legacy Park. The trail is between 24 and 36 inches wide, and it is mostly flat with less than 20 feet in elevation. This elevation is specifically designed to allow water to drain from the trail to not only minimize erosion but also ensure that the trail does not become impassable for mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners.
As you weave around the initial loop or the 1014 Loop, it crosses the paved Park Loop to provide easy and short routes, so you can pace yourself. However, if you want to tackle the full master trail plan, it is set to be eventually expanded to over five miles. During the trail, you’ll be able to enjoy the scenic creek and woodland views.
Of course, at any point, you can break off the trails and venture into the beautiful Legacy Park, since the trails run almost the entire length of the park. Just be aware that if you do head into the park, you’re likely to encounter dog walkers, runners and people playing sports. So, if you want to pick up some speed on your mountain bike, it is best to stick to the trail.
You can access the Legacy Park Singletrack via the Sioux Falls Bike Trail in Legacy Park. You can find parking just off 12th Street. This makes the trail highly accessible; just be aware that in excessively wet conditions, the trail may be closed. Otherwise, the trail is available all year round with an “easy” rating, making it suitable for the whole family. While there are some obstacles, it should not be challenging even for less experienced mountain bikers, and hikers should find no accessibility issues.