Whitewater State Park Professional Review and Guide
"This hike is East of Rochester, just south of Elba, an exploration of the flat bottom valleys and the high towering blufftops overlooking Whitewater River.
The Dakota named this river Miniska, which translates to “white water,” for the spring runoff that washes the banks into the river, turning the water a milky white. The river has three branches: the north, south, and middle, which runs through the park. With 2,800 acres, the park covers both sides of this branch and nearly the whole watershed of Trout Run Creek, a tributary to the Middle Fork.
The Dakota Trail, the main loop in the park, takes a tour of the Whitewater River’s bluffs, climbing the slopes three times, and then travels along the wide, level river valley bottom. The trail starts across the road from the nature store and immediately ascends a wooden staircase (over 300 steps)."