Explore the most popular hiking trails in Wind Cave National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

One of my favorite hikes within wind cave! The trail in definitely overgrown in some areas. Also this is in wind cave national park so dogs are NOT allowed on the trail.

I'm kicking myself for taking a wrong turn on this one (took the steep uphill at the stream with the Centennial Trail junction, to my chagrin), but I guess the upside is that we were able to see even more bison...and feel better about the fast food stop after the hike! Nice variation between the open meadows and the lower wooded areas along the stream; I imagine that would be especially appreciated on a hot day.

Not as tough as described by the park info. Nice views and plenty of wildlife. The trail goes right through a dog town. We also saw some birds and a buffalo right on the trail. We turned back a little over halfway not wanting to get too close to the buffalo and also because it was getting pretty hot. As others have said, I wouldn't suggest hiking this trail in summer without some cloud cover.

It's also not quite what you might expect from a trail with canyon in the name, although there are some nice rock formations along the way.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful scenery and buffalo were just over the ridge. Also saw lots of buffalo bones near old watering holes. The wind was particularly strong at the intersection at trail 7 so I followed it up the hill and found a great view and gusts of wind that almost took me to my knees, which felt wonderful.

Basically just walking on a dirt road, but the views are nice.

hiking
9 months ago

well marked open trail, wild life male buffalo & prairie fog town. easy for all ages. easy and great on cool day, some shade , not much, beautiful grassy scape.

This trail is accessible and beautiful!

hiking
9 months ago

walking
10 months ago

Saw all the wildlife we could. Buffalo, deer, elk, prairie dogs, and even a snake. Beautiful area.. unfortunately took the wrong turn on centennial trail and ended up hiking 5 extra miles to sanctuary trail. Poor signage. Would give five stars if wasn't for poorly marked trail.

This is a great warm up hike. It is short and sweet with great views. We got some amazing panoramas. You can see Badlands and Buffalo Gap from the top. It's a fairly good incline the whole way up, but no technical features. Great hike to finish up a great day in the wilderness!

hiking
10 months ago

We started hiking this trail from the far south end. It was beautiful! No one else was in sight. Amazing rolling hills and such a peaceful experience. The only challenge was the trail obviously doesn't get much use and was overgrown. It was kind of fun "breaking trail" more or less, but it'd be a challenge for some. Overall, I would definitely do it again.

fabulous views, wonderful variety of wildflowers. watch out for lots of poison ivy on narrow section of loop and some at summit. tower closed.

We love to hike this trail. Clear weather makes for impressive views!

nice short hike; beware it does not end at cold creek. abundant flowers in June. no shade don't hike this in heat

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Great hike. Lots of variety, from hills to flat plains. Saw bison, a pair of foxes, and a whole farm of prairie dogs. Also nearly stepped on a rattlesnake and had to brush off a couple ticks. Watch the ground in front of you closely for snakes and check clothes periodically for the buggers. Also, bring sunglasses or some sort of eye protection, the wind on the prairie can be intense.

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

The fire lookout tower I believe is closed to the public. But the views were still amazing. It was a beautiful clear day and we could see the Badlands in the distance.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Too much for toddlers but still lots of fun for the family

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Great small hike for a family with little kids.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Beautiful early March walk. Kept pace (at a distance) with a young male Buffalo along the creek bottom. Saw coyote, prairie dogs, antelope, mule deer, a herd of Elk and 2 buffalo carcasses and only one other human. I love this park!!

hiking
Thursday, October 06, 2016

Pretty cool trail. Saw plenty of buffalo and great views

trail running
Sunday, October 02, 2016

I got there a little later than intended and missed hearing the elk bugal much but I did see them on the trail. There were also deer, antelope, coyote, bison and prairie dogs. Signs for the trail at the parking area would have been nice. I nearly missed the small print sign to turn off the 2 track onto the trail. it looked like game used it more than people. Runkeeper said it was 7.6 from where I parked.

I did the Centennial Trail for a short time starting from Badger Hole. It is a lovely hike up and down through the woods. The trail gets very narrow at times, so long pants are advisable. Some parts are rocky. Saw several deer and came up to a 360 lookout point. I recommend this trail if you enjoy hiking through the woods for extended periods, meaning not expecting to arrive at a peak.

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Nice little trail not too far from Mount Rushmore. Beautiful area!

walking
Friday, July 29, 2016

Good little trail, buffalo and antelope

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A very prairie trail. We saw Bison, Antelope, and deer. Start early in the summer to beat the heat. Pretty views.

Nice hike through the prairie hills. NOTE: trail 4 takes a hard right across a small creek about 1/4 mile in, next to trail marker. Lots of people must miss this (we did) evidenced by clear path through unmarked trail. Fortunately after a mile you do end up at centennial trail. Saw several prairie dog towns and bison. You need to be aware of surrounding as were hiking along a herd of bison came crashing down a wooded hill across the trail and up another hill. They came across trail just 30 yards ahead of us.

Gorgeous views 360 degrees!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Easy hike with beautiful views.

trail running
Monday, April 27, 2015

This trail is located in Wind Cave National Park. I have run the trail (when I worked at Wind Cave). I believe it is open all year, rather than just April to October. The date I entered is just an estimate.

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