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Best walking trails in Custer State Park, South Dakota

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Explore the most popular walking 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 walking 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 (9)
#1 - 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
#2 - Prairie Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
#3 - Grace Coolidge Fishing Area Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
#4 - Badger Clark Historic Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 15 m
#5 - Grace Coolidge Creek Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
#6 - The Lost Trails: Lower Loop (Lake Loop)
Custer State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 39 m
The Lost Trails are a series of old trails that had been lost and forgotten for many years. Much of their history and routes are unknown but it is believed that they were constructed in the 1930's by the CCC. Only recently have portions of them been found. These trails feature stunning overlooks, unique rock steps and strenuous climbs. Approximately 2/3 of the marked trails are original but the remainder have been lost to time. Park staff have filled in the missing portions to the best of their ability. Maybe you can find the lost sections. This loop takes you around Center Lake and features a waterfall. Travel to Center Lake in Custer State Park, go through camping area and on to lake shore parking area (not the boat dock area). First part of trail is on a forest road following the overhead power lines, through the barriers. Follow forest road until you get to the river then travel up river until you find the wooden bridge over the river. From this point on follow the blue arrows along the well defined trail.Show more
#7 - 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
#8 - Cairn Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 12 m
#9 - Heddy Draw
Custer State Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 21 m
Quick out and back hike of less than a mile but with three great lookout points. Trail starts across from the road to Mt. Coolidge Lookout. First quarter mile is paved before turning to dirt and finally to a rutted path.Show more