Meridian Trails System
The Meridian Trails system offers you over 30 miles of trails filled with scenic beauty and several historic sites. Travel along the trails throughout the city of Yankton and Lewis and Clark Lake area! All trails in the city are paved and lighted. Trails leading to the lake area and throughout the campgrounds are all paved and some sections are lighted. Trail maps are available at the Yankton Chamber and Visitors Center. The following are locations and descriptions of the trails:
Arboretum Trail – 1.4 miles, 8’ wide asphalt, flat grade on north half, incline on south half. The Arboretum Trail follows the perimeter of the Yankton High School and Summit Activities Center located at 1801 Summit St.
Auld-Brokaw Trail – 2.75 miles, 10’ wide concrete (Trailhead near Yankton Chamber and Visitors Center to Summit Street), moderate grade with a few slopes exceeding five percent. The Auld-Brokaw Trail parallels Marne Creek through the heart of Yankton.
Calumet Bluff Trail – .9 miles, 8’ wide primitive dirt surface, varied grade with some steep inclines. This trail, which is located next to the Crofton Golf Course on Highway 121, is an “out and back” trail, meaning hikers will have to backtrack to the starting point making the total hike 1.8 miles.
Chalk Bluffs Multi-Use Trail – 4.1 miles, crushed asphalt surface, varied grade including moderate to fairly steep inclines. This nature trail in the Gavins Point Section of the Lewis & Clark Recreation Area welcomes equestrian riders, hikers and mountain bikers.
Chief White Crane Trail – 1 mile, 9’ wide crushed asphalt surface, flat grade. This trail travels throughout the Chief White Crane Recreation Area and connects to the Deer Boulevard Trail and is a short distance from the Lake Yankton Prairie Trail.
Corps of Discovery Welcome Center Nature Trail - .7 miles, primitive birding and hiking trail. At the Corps of Discovery Welcome Center, located three miles south of Yankton on Highway 81, you will find a birding and hiking trail that circles the perimeter of the grounds. Deer Boulevard Trail – 1.875 miles, 10’ wide, crushed asphalt surface, flat grade. This trail connects with Chief White Crane Trail and Lewis & Clark Lake Trail.
Fantle Memorial Park Trail – 1 mile around perimeter of park with additional interior trails, perimeter is 6’ wide concrete, interior trails are 8’ wide asphalt, flat grade. Memorial Park is located along Douglas Avenue and Mulberry Street between 19th Street and 21st Street.
Gavins Point Nature Trail – 1.2 miles, hiking trail, natural wood chip and dirt surface, which winds through native woods, across meadows and past scenic overlooks. This trail, located in the Gavins Point Section of the Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, will add interest and enjoyment to your Lewis and Clark Lake visit.
Highway 52 Trail – 3.14 miles, 8’ wide asphalt, flat with one moderate incline exceeding five percent. Ride between Yankton and the Lewis and Clark Lake area on this trail, which parallels Highway 52 from West City Limits Road to the Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium.
James River Trail – 4.3 miles, 5’ wide, paved only one mile and flat from Rotary Park along East 7th Street, Highway 50, Ferdig Avenue and East 8th Street. The primitive and scenic trail continues from East 8th Street out to the James River and has various grades, including moderate to fairly steep inclines.
Lewis and Clark Lake Trail – 6.9 miles including loops, 8’ wide asphalt, flat grade. This scenic trail winds from the Pierson Ranch Recreation Area and throughout the Lewis & Clark Recreation Area.
Majestic Bluffs Trail – .5 miles, 10’ wide concrete, flat grade. This trail is located near the Majestic Bluffs living community at 2111 W. 11th St. and ovals around a small pond.
Marne Creek West Trail – .75 miles, 8′ wide crushed concrete, slight slope. This trail leads from the Marne Creek West Greenway, home to the community gardens and dog park and located along West City Limits Road, to the on-street trail of 23rd Street.
Meridian Bridge Trail - .5 miles each level, 12′ concrete, no slope on lower level, steep slope on upper level entry ramps. This trail is the historic double-deck Meridian Bridge, which had its dedication ceremony on October 11, 1924. The bridge spans the Missouri National Recreational River, which is a National Park.
Miller Creek Trail – .75 miles, 10’ wide primitive dirt surface, varied grade to moderate inclines. This nature hiking trail located in the Miller Creek area of the Nebraska Lewis & Clark Recreation Area offers a view of sites where Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery Expedition camped in 1804 and 1806.
Missouri National Recreational River Water Trail – A formal water trail along the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, SD to Sioux City, IA. This water trail encompasses the entire 59 mile segment of the Missouri National Recreational River, as well as an additional 20 river miles from Ponca, NE to Sioux City, IA, for a total of 79 river miles. The 39-mile segment of the MNRR, from Fort Randall Dam to Running Water, SD, as well as an additional 30 miles of Lewis and Clark Lake, will be added to the MNRR Water Trail in 2013. Visit www.mnrrwatertrail.org for information such as access points along the river, points of interest, plants and wildlife, suggested routes for half and full day excursions, provides maps and links to river conditions and much more. Each access point along the MNRR Water Trail has a trailhead sign, which includes maps, points of interest and safety information.
Nebraska Meridian Trail – 1.2 miles. The first phase of this trail opened to foot and bicycle traffic in the spring of 2012. It starts east of the dam and runs 1.2 miles to the west side of Murdo’s Restaurant in Aten. Upon completion the trail is planned to connect Gavins Point Dam and the Meridian Bridge providing a trail system linking Nebraska and South Dakota.
Nebraska Primitive Trail – 1 mile, 8’ wide primitive dirt surface, mostly flat grade with a few steep inclines. This nature hiking/biking trail is located on the south side of the Meridian Bridge in the property to the west of the old Highway 81 roadway. Signage will guide you to the trail access points. Parking is available on the south side of the Meridian Bridge. The trail forms a figure eight amongst the trees. The north loop provides access to the Missouri River and its sandy shoreline.
South Shore Trail – 3.5 miles, 10’ wide primitive dirt surface, varied grade with moderate inclines. This nature trail in the South Shore area of the Nebraska Lewis & Clark Recreation Area welcomes equestrian riders, hikers and mountain bikers.
Toe Road/Lake Yankton Prairie Trail – 2.5 miles, on-road and off-road paved, flat grade. Travel on this on-road trail portion from the Lewis and Clark Lake Trail, past Pierson Ranch Recreation Area and Cottonwood Campground. Then it hops off-road and becomes a 10′ wide asphalt path down to the shores of Lake Yankton, where it winds through picnic areas, Lake Yankton Beach, boat ramps and ends at Chief White Crane Recreation Area.
Trailhead to Paddlewheel Point Trail – .4 miles, 10’ wide concrete, flat grade. The Trailhead is located west of the Yankton Chamber and Visitors Center at 803 E. 4th St.
Trailhead to Riverside Park Trail – 1.5 miles, 10’ wide concrete from Trailhead near Yankton Chamber and Visitors Center to Riverside Park and 8’ wide asphalt in park, flat grade. This section of the trail follows Marne Creek to the Missouri River and then meanders along the Missouri River through Riverside Park.
Westside Park to West City Limits Road Trail – .75 miles, 8’ wide concrete, flat grade. This section of the trail stretches from Westside Park, located at West 5th Street and Summit Street, to the western edge of Yankton.