South Shore - Trail, Yankton, SD, Nebraska

South Shore - Trail, Yankton, SD, Nebraska


These trails are located immediately next to Lewis & Clark Lake on the Nebraska side. The land is owned by the state of Nebraska; however, it can't be considered a park necessarily. Parking area is next to a small pond separated by a land bridge from the larger lake. Trails were created by the state sending a bulldozer through the woods on the west side of the pond. Trails need to be developed for mountain biking, but the area has good potential as it's wells shaded; has lots of ups and downs over ravines with potential for one or two decent descents.


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[Oct 02, 2006]
Cross Country Rider

PLEASE NOTE I SCREWED UP WHEN I PUT THE WAYPOINT ON THE GOOGLE MAP!!! These trails are located adjacent to the lake, not across the river from Yankton directly. From Yankton, I cross the dam, take the first right, go past the golf course and you'll see an itty-bitty sign designating South Shore.

The summary of these trails is that they need to be ridden to become true trails. Right now they're paths through trees created by a big bulldozer. To sum it up, you pick a path, get a 100-300 ft. elev. climb to the top, see some bald eagles soaring over the cliffs that you're on top of, then find another path to the bottom.

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I have two ways of riding South Shore:
For fun I ride across the land bridge up the only real section of single track. Once on top I hang a left in the meadow, cruise along the tree line until I get to the second downslope into the trees. It kind of twists around in different directions, but all routes lead to a t-intersection that "feels" like the bottom. Then go left for a moderately sloped quarter mile long climb back up to the top then finish off riding the previously mentioned single track back out onto the land bridge.

For a workout, I park next to the pond, climbing back up the gravel road to the posted entrance into the trails. I spin through what feels like a longer climb than it is, there's a quick 25 foot drop into a ravine, with a steep grunt up the slightly higher other side. Shortly thereafter you're at what is the right side of the previously mentioned t-intersection. I suffer through the long climb alternating between spinning and mashing. Once on the top I try to weave around as much as possible, heading in a generally northern direction so that I can finish off with that single track down onto the land bridge.

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A perfect day on the Missouri river corridor would be an hour or two exploring through South Shore, then heading over to Ponca State park to explore all the miles of single track over there, then heading to Sioux City, IA to ride the fun and fast Stone State Park.

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