South Dakota - Outdoor Activities

South Dakota has approximately 349 trails, including 319 hiking trails and 246 for trail running. These trails range from 0 to 111 miles in length. The most popular trails are Harney Peak Loop Trail, Harney Peak - South Dakota Highpoint, The Door, Window and and Notch Trails. The last Trails.com member to complete a trail in South Dakota was Wendy W. who completed Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

  • Harney Peak - South Dakota HighpointView Trail Details

    9 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Highpoint rank by height: 15th. Be sure to bring along a camera with plenty of film as well as your binoculars, if you have them. The lookout ...

  • The Centennial TrailView Trail Details

    8 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    •  10 to 12 days
    •  111 miles
    •  Guide

    The Centennial Trail has a lofty beginning and magnificent ending. If one proceeds from north to south, the trail begins at Bear Butte and Bear ...

  • Cathedral Spires TrailView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    This moderately strenuous spur trail is a great natural history trek that connects with Sylvan Lake Trail to Harney Peak.

  • The Door, Window, and Notch TrailsView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  2.41 miles
    •  Guide

    Easy journeys to view some of the park's most rugged rock formations. At the Fossil Exhibit, Badlands National Park has created replicas of fossils ...

  • Sylvan Lake to Harney Peak TrailView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A moderately difficult trail to Harney Peak with spectacular and varied scenery along the way.

  • Lost Cabin - Harney Peak Loop TrailView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  A full day
    •  8.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A vigorous loop hike through a variety of lofty terrain so beautiful that one of the trails (Lost Cabin) has been designated a National Recreational ...

  • Harney Peak Loop TrailView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    •  All day or overnight
    •  10.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A series of trails through wilderness and exceptional wildlife habitat. Hikers eventually reach Harney Peak. Willow Creek Loop Trail provides ...

  • Badlands National ParkView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Interior, SD

    • Scenic Drives  
    •  Guide

    Spanning 80 million years of geologic history, the biggest area of badlands in the nation is an outstanding example of erosion and weathering. ...

  • Lovers' Leap TrailView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    A 2- to 3-hour loop trail passing through pine and oak forest, offering great views at the summit. The Grace Coolidge Walk-in Fishing Area trail ...

  • Sunday Gulch TrailView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    An interpretive trail that loops behind Sylvan Lake and offers some of the best overviews of the park's exquisite diversity.

  • Castle TrailView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    A prairie hike flanking the beautiful formations along the Badlands Wall.

  • Bear Butte TrailView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Sturgis, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3.75 miles
    •  Guide

    A 2-hour hike from the base to the peak of a sacred mountain. The trail winds through a pine forest; many tree branches are draped with prayer ...

  • French Creek Natural AreaView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    •  Overnight or a full day
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    An overnight backpack into a pristine natural area along a gorge of unique rock formations, with numerous creek fordings. Of course, you always ...

  • Little Devils Tower Spur TrailView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    A fairly steep hike up a spur trail, winding through pine forest and ending atop Little Devils Tower among incredible rock formations and views. ...

  • Mount Rushmore to Horsethief Lake TrailView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    An extremely scenic one-way hike departing from Mount Rushmore and terminating at Horsethief Lake, with access to other trails, some leading ...

  • Boland Ridge TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Hot Springs, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  2 to 4 hours
    •  5.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A one-way trek over Boland Ridge, terminating at the Park boundary fence. This loop option is a relatively flat, natural-history trail, meandering ...

  • Sunday Gulch TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A unique trail, one of beauty; a National Recreation Trail. The Sunday Gulch Trail is considered so extraordinary in the spectrum of plants, ...

  • Rimrock TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Spearfish, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  Half day to full day
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Two loops or a combined circuit hike through large stands of ponderosa, aspen, and birch, with views of limestone cliffs. To hike the Upper ...

  • Prairie TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an easy interpretive loop hike through prairie grasslands and over open ridges, with superb views. The Prairie Trail was designed especially ...

  • Spring Creek Loop TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Hill City, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    A flat loop trail through woods on a ridge above Spring Creek, which can be included as an addition to the Flume Trail or simply hiked on its ...

  • Bear Mountain Ski TrailsView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Hill City, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  Half a day
    •  16.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Two high-mountain loop trails affording hikers and mountain bikers extraordinary views and a great diversity of vegetation and wildlife.

  • Rankin Ridge Nature TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Hot Springs, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Black Hills are a hiker’s delight. Contained in these 6,000 square miles of unglaciated valleys and hills are more than 500 miles of trails ...

  • Cliff Shelf Nature TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  30 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    An interpretive trail along an ancient cliff shelf that collapsed long ago from the imposing cliffs above.

  • George S. Mickelson TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    •  5 days
    •  50 miles
    •  Guide

    According to its namesake and founder, George S. Mickelson, "This trail may be our last opportunity to provide a pathway that is easily used ...

  • Badger Clark Historic TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    • Hiking  
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    A short loop trail that winds behind the historic cabin of Charles Badger Clark (1883 / 1957), poet laureate of South Dakota.

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