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#1 of 13 state parks in South Dakota

Best trails in Custer State Park

3,128 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Custer State Park, South Dakota? AllTrails has 23 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Custer State Park ranging from 1 to 12.8 miles and from 3,727 to 7,221 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Custer State Park offers many great opportunities for wildlife viewing, camping, hiking, swimming, biking, fishing, and much more. The area is characterized by its granite peaks, rolling plains, and clear waters. There is a $20/vehicle weekly parking license.

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Map of trails in Custer State Park
Park information
Acreage:
71,000 acres
Park hours
Monday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Contact
605.255.4515
Top trails (23)
#1 - Sunday Gulch Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
At the start there is a very rocky downward hike, the park service has provided handrails as you would likely struggle to climb down without them. Once you reach the bottom of this hike, you are treatShow more
#2 - Cathedral Spires Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 58 m
Cathedral Spires Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking aShow more
#3 - Little Devils Tower Spur Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Little Devils Tower Spur Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primaShow more
#4 - Lovers' Leap Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
Lovers' Leap Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, Show more
#5 - Sylvan Lake Shore Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 29 m
A nice walk around Lake Sylvan. Good views. Easy walk.Show more
#6 - Grace Coolidge Fishing Area Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
Grace Coolidge Fishing Area Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarilyShow more
#7 - Prairie Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
Prairie Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiShow more
#8 - Black Elk Peak via Little Devils Tower Trailhead
Custer State Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
Beautiful trail that takes you behind the Needles and Cathedral Spires on the way to Black Elk Peak. There are trail offshoots along the trail to Poet's Table, Little Devils Tower, and Cathedral SpireShow more
#9 - Custer State Park Wildlife Scenic Byway
Custer State Park
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Length: 18 mi
The Wildlife Loop Road is a picturesque 18 mile drive through open grasslands and pine-covered hills. Much of the park's wildlife can be spotted here, including bison, pronghorn, whitetail and mule deShow more
#10 - Badger Clark Historic Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 15 m
Badger Clark Historic Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hermosa, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a Show more
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