Lovers' Leap Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews
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Lovers' Leap Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Custer, SD that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October.

4.0 miles 696 feet Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

1 month ago

great views, not too long, cross same Creek ten times on planks.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty hike. The first 3/4 mile was a steady steep ascent, definitely a butt buster. The view is gorgeous. Once you leave the lookout its an easy walk. You eventually run into water which you cross several times on planks. Great place for the dogs to cool off. A recommended not to difficult hike.

2 months ago

Loved the views from the top and the stream. Did not care for following the road back.

3 months ago

Great hike!!

3 months ago

This is a nice trail. The first half is pretty strenuous but the second half is beautiful.

4 months ago

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5 months ago

Love this trail! We will go again for sure lots of up hill but worth it. You go over 9 bridges at the end so fun to be out in nature. Beautiful scenery and trail is well marked.

hiking
5 months ago

Well worth the hike. I would encourage long pants due to tons of poison ivy down by the streams. Will definitely do this trail again.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great short hike with outstanding 360 views at the top. To get best views you need to hike up rocks on right on park sign. Short climb to the top. We did the loop and would recommend out and back. The last mile in is through a camp grounds and along the main road. Not much to see.

5 months ago

6 months ago

Steep ascent to start out with but the views were totally worth it. Relaxing creek side trail on the backend of the 3 miles.

6 months ago

8 months ago

Nice hike, uphill for a little ways but the view is worth it. Then a meandering hike downhill with great scenery.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome. Was supposed to be a snowshoe hike but no snow. Hiked with the Custer State Park group.

10 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes. A little tough in the beginning but the rest is a breeze. The overlook on top of the rocks is incredible. Make sure you wear pants if you do the loop, there can be lots of poison ivy by the creek.

hiking
1 year ago

Very strenuous at the beginning ascent, moderate thereafter. Nice wide trails for the most part, plenty of switchbacks where needed. Trail narrows when you get back to the floor of the hike. A few snakes, scattered poison ivy, not as bad as what we had heard. Loved the view from the top of the rocks at Lovers Leap, this was really the only overlook. Signs are not clear that you are able to safely go to the top of the point, we told a couple of hikers that they could go to the top- they were ready to head on down the trail without reaching the summit. Very hot when we took the hike, nice breeze- take plenty of water. An enjoyable hike.

hiking
1 year ago

My husband and I loved this hike! it's tough in the heat but can rest under trees! Also make sure to bring lots of H20!!! :-) When you get up to the lookout jump where the legend said the couple jumped there is a big viewing area above the tall rocks on your right. lots of streams!!! Gorgeous beware of rattle snakes and poison ivy!

1 year ago

Beautiful hike on a hot day.