This is really just called Falls Park, but I didn’t want to confuse it with the Falls Park in Grenville, South Carolina. This is a historic part of the Big Sioux River that flows through downtown Sioux Falls in southeast South Dakota. The park allows visitors to walk around, among, and on top of the rocks that channel the raging falls. The park connects with longer recreational trails that wind through the city. It’s worth a visit if you ever find yourself in the area. Here’s more about the city.
After 150 years, Sioux Falls continues to attract many people to the area. It was the beauty and power of the falls of the Big Sioux River that attracted early pioneers from other states in 1856 when the first town site, Sioux Falls, was organized in the Dakota Territory. Run out by Native American uprisings, these early settlers soon fled the area and did not return until 1865 when the government stepped in for protection and established Fort Dakota, a military reservation. From that early village to a city with a population of 141,000 in 2006, Sioux Falls continues to be one of the best places to live and a beautiful place to visit.
The city is going through a revitalization. Main Street features some great restaurants. The local specialty is something called chislic, which is apparently just the Dakotan word for kebab.