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#1 of 13 state parks in South Dakota

Best trails in Custer State Park

3,663 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 - Cathedral Spires Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 58 m
#2 - 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 treated to an awesome stroll along a creek with awesome views of the various rock formations. Dogs on leashes are okay, but be prepared to carry your dog at the start of the hike, as there are many areas that they need to jump down from. Show more
#3 - Little Devils Tower Spur Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
#4 - Lovers' Leap Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
#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
#7 - Prairie Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
#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 Spires for those looking to add a little more adventure to their hike. Trail also offers a few great views of Black Elk Peak along the way. Black Elk Peak offers a gorgeous 4 State view (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska) on a clear day and is the tallest mountain peak in South Dakota and the tallest peak east of the Rocky Mountains and west of the Pyrenees Mountains in France.Show 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 deer, elk, coyotes, prairie dogs, eagles, hawks and a variety of other birds. Abundant wildflowers and prairie grasses add to the beauty of the area.Show more
#10 - Badger Clark Historic Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 15 m
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