Auld-Brokaw Trail

South Dakota

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Auld-Brokaw Trail Facts

States: South Dakota
Counties: Yankton
Length: 3.3 miles
Trail end points: W 19th Street and Riverside Park
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9316314

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Auld-Brokaw Trail Description

Yankton, South Dakota's most famous son, Tom Brokaw, lends his name to this trail. The stimulus for the Auld-Brokaw project was actually the need for flood protection for the businesses and homes along Marne Creek. What the city ended up with, however, was a flood mitigation measure that doubled as a new recreational asset. The 10-foot wide Auld-Brokaw Trail matches the creek curve for curve as it meanders through the heart of the city. Along the way, the trail connects to destinations including schools, city parks and natural areas. Native grasses and wildflowers dot the landscape. Trailside benches provide runners and walkers with a space to pause and take it all in.

The northern end of the 50-acre linear park is along W. 21st Street, following a stretch of railroad tracks for a brief rail-with-trail segment. The trail also offers a branching spur that follows part of the creek to the northeast, coming to an end at Broadway Avenue. The southern end is at the outskirts of Riverside Park, where the creek flows into the Missouri River. This trail is part of the 40 mile long Meridian trails system and connects a few of the parks within Yankton city limits, including the city's Riverside Park Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

There is parking at the northern trailhead at the Yankton Summit Activities Center (1801 Summit St). From here, you can access the trail by riding or walking about 0.25 miles east along W. 19th Street. There is also parking at Riverside Park (200 Levee St) as well as on-street parking on Levee Street and other streets close to the park. 

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