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Best trail running trails in Custer State Park, South Dakota

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Explore the most popular running trails in Custer State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of trail running trails in Custer State Park, South Dakota
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 (5)
#1 - Grace Coolidge Fishing Area Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
#2 - Badger Clark Historic Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 15 m
#3 - Legion Lake Campground Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 38 m
To access this trailhead, park at the Legion Lake Lodge and walk across to the campground. Go to the back of the campground and the trailhead is near campsite 11 just to the right. Do not try and park in the back of the campground as the loop in the back must be kept open for trailers to turn around. The trail does have some steep sections but not much different than a lot a trails in the Black Hills. About halfway through the loop, the trail follows a steep ridge and there are great views of the surrounding hills, the plains stretching to the east, and a couple spots where Legion Lake below IS visible if you stop to look. A large part of recognizing views is simply taking the time to look for things. The trail is actually fairly well marked and in areas that aren’t as open or where there are multiple turns there are blue diamonds on the pines to follow at about 50yd intervals. Footing can be tricky on some sections with heavy pine needle coverage, so it’s a balance of watching your footing and looking up periodically to follow markers.Show more
#4 - Custer State Park Boundary Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
#5 - Centennial Cabin to Badger Clark Road via Centennial Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
A beautiful hike! Scenic at the highest points and beautiful in the valleys. Moderate to strenuous as there are several steeper, loose rock hills.Show more