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Best trails in Wind Cave National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, walking trails, dogs no 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 5 moderate trails in Wind Cave National Park ranging from 1 to 10.1 miles and from 3,727 to 5,006 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Wind Cave National Park one of American's oldest national parks. Located in the southwestern corner of South Dakota, the park is known for its massive underground Wind Cave. The cave walls are filled with formations called boxwork and frostwork that appear in the shapes of honeycombs and needles. There are vast prairie's and pine forests rich in wildlife such as bison, elk and pronghorn antelopes. Please note that the park is free, but there is a fee for tours of the Wind Cave and the Historic Candlelight Tours. Fees range from $12 for adults to $6 for children and seniors. Children under 5 are free.
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Map of trails in Wind Cave National Park
Park information
Acreage
33847 acres
Top trails (10)
#1 - Rankin Ridge Interpretive Trail
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 34 m
The fire lookout tower is closed to the publicShow more
#2 - Lookout Point Trail and Centennial Trail Loop
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
This is a portion of the 113-mile Centennial Trail which runs from Bear Butte to Wind Cave National Park. It ranges from easy prairie walking to treacherous rocky inclines and descents. It showcases tShow more
#3 - Wind Cave Canyon Trail
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
Wind Cave Canyon Trail is a 3.8 mile out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikinShow more
#4 - Cold Brook Canyon Trail
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Cold Brook Canyon Trail is a 2.8 mile out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikiShow more
#5 - Boland Ridge Trail
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
Boland Ridge Trail is a 4.8 mile out and back trail located near Buffalo Gap, South Dakota that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walkShow more
#6 - East Bison Flats Trail
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 5 h 3 m
East Bison Flats Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a numbeShow more
#7 - Highland Creek Trail to Centennial Trail Loop
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 13.6 mi • Est. 6 h 27 m
Highland Creek Trail to Centennial Trail Loop is a 13.6 mile loop trail located near Buffalo Gap, South Dakota that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hikinShow more
#8 - Centennial Trail: Highway 87 to Highlander Rd
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 3 h 54 m
This is a portion of the 113-mile Centennial Trail which runs from Bear Butte to Wind Cave National Park. It ranges from easy prairie walking to treacherous rocky inclines and descents. It showcases tShow more
#9 - Prairie Vista Loop
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 28 m
Prairie Vista Loop is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hot Springs, South Dakota that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used foShow more
#10 - Elk Mountain Interpretive Trail
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Elk Mountain Interpretive Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trailShow more