Looking for a great trail in Custer State Park, South Dakota? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs leash 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. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 6 easy trails in Custer State Park ranging from 0.6 to 18 miles and from 4,137 to 6,210 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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The clear mountain waters are inviting, and the open ranges are waiting to be discovered. Bring your family to Custer State Park, and let yourself run wild. Custer State Park in the Black Hills encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife. Within the park, you'll discover a world of adventure!

Amazing view at the top. We recommend taking the right side of the split. watch for the abundant poison ivy near the creek. We got to stop and watch a buffalo eat just off the trail. We also spotted some long horn sheep on the next peak.

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rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Super scenic trail - would recommend it’s done backwards (start on the dam side of the lake and do the steep waterfall portion on the way back). Wear good shoes because you’re going to get a little wet and the last section really is a bit of a scramble. Also don’t carry a water bottle - bring a pack as you will need both hands! Super fun and amazing! Highly recommend this.

hiking
3 days ago

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Great hike! Parking area was full and overflowing upon return. There is another parking area just a little further down the road. Lots of wild flowers by the creek. Beautiful walk towards the trail end walking with the rock formations on either side of you. We will be hiking this again.

hiking
scramble
4 days ago

LOVE LOVE LOVE. Did this trail mid-May 2019. The top 1/8 was still snow covered but nothing that couldn’t be handled with regular hiking boots. Incredible variety of terrain/steepness and the views on top...WOW. Super peaceful and epic beauty abounds. This is properly listed as moderate, with a couple areas that are more challenging (maybe not the case without snow?).

hiking
5 days ago

nice trail with some great views.

hiking
5 days ago

This was an awesome hike! My husband & I speed-hiked this while the kids were napping (with supervision), finished right at 90 minutes. I am so glad that we found time for this incredible experience. We started on the waterfall side but still had great vistas during the last half. One of the best memories of the trip.

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rocky
6 days ago

This was a favorite for the whole family!! We weren't sure how the kids would do (ages 6, 4, 2) but we were so glad that we decided to give it a try; smiles all around at the end of the trail. 2 year old was mostly carried in our Osprey pack. One of the most beautiful hikes in the park!! We had no problem finding a parking spot around 0830 on a weekday. Highly highly recommend, even with little ones!

good hike for adults. Taking little kids under 8 will give you a bunch of grumbles and gripes. Beautiful views though, watch out for the poison ivy on the end of the trail.

follows Highway 16a through Custer State Park all paaved

hiking
bridge out
muddy
8 days ago

first water crossing is to high no bridge

Great easy trail around the lake to take your family on! We went with my in laws and all of our kiddos. There are a lot of other trailheads on or nearby this trail as well. We had the perfect weather for it this weekend!

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rocky
8 days ago

Beautiful trail! We took it backwards from a lesser known entrance and it saves the best part of the trail for last! There has been a lot of rain and precip this year so the stairs were overflowing with water and it was occasionally slick. But so breathtaking and fun!

Beautiful hike with lots of rocks for kids to scramble. Not too crowded in the morning.

hiking
9 days ago

Myself and my son loved this trail. The water going down across the rocks as we were going down gave this an element of adventure we have never hiked on before. The handrails are a huge help. Would do this one again.

hiking
10 days ago

Finished trail but disappointed that my phone died and didn’t finish recording our progress. By far my favorite hiking trail.

hiking
10 days ago

This trail was totally worth it. It was a short hike that was not difficult, especially for an experienced hiker. The Spires at the end are breathtaking! Hike this one as a morning warm up !

I actually really enjoyed the loop. We saw Buffalo, deer, elk,prairie dog, prong deer, mules, and of course birds. At one point there was a heard of buffalo which was awesome.

hiking
scramble
10 days ago

Trail was extra challenging due to slight flooding from previous night’s thunderstorms. The handrails are very helpful as you’re navigating down the steep rocky trail and there was plenty of areas that had slight shade so you’re not exposed to the sun the entire time.

Beautiful after the rain. The waterfall is pretty. Super easy and gorgeous.

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail. Saw a buffalo and Big Horn Sheep on the route. Followed a stream for some distance and had to cross it in several places. There were plank bridges in each place we needed to cross. One of my favorite trails in the Black Hills

It was a pleasant short trail that was a nice easy hike with kids. The cabin was a very interesting and informative place.

Rocky paths and after the half way point the trail was a bit confusing to follow. We took this trail looking for a medallion for the Custer park challenge only to find we should have read the reviews before hand. It wasn't the right path

Made it in 1 mile to trail challenge Medallion.

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rocky
12 days ago

This is an amazing trail! There are areas where you get to climb rocks, walk across stones/ logs on a steam. It truly is a breath taking trail!

The trail is pretty easy and hits a moderate stride about halfway. Take trail 4. You will also have the option to continue to another trail at the top. I did not. I got to the trailhead on a holiday weekend about 830 am. Hit Rushmore up in the early morning and the no crowds is awesome. No issues parking but the lot was full when I got back about two hours later. The rock scrambling was super fun but not for the non adventurous. I saw deer and other small animals on the trail. I loved the rock climbing and the view at the top! Unreal. Worth every single step. The trail was well marked all the way to the top! Tons of dogs off leashes which is a huge let down.

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail! Saw multiple deer. Make a point to boulder to the top of the rocks to the right of ‘Lover’s Leap’. An amazing view of the valley!

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