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#47 of 60 national parks in United States of America

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:
33,847 acres
Contact
605-745-4600
Top trails (10)
#1 - Rankin Ridge Interpretive Trail
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 34 m
Note: As of August 2020, the fire lookout tower is closed to the public due to COVID-19 measures.Show 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 the most beautiful views in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Show more
#3 - Wind Cave Canyon Trail
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
#4 - Cold Brook Canyon Trail
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
#5 - East Bison Flats Trail
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 5 h 3 m
#6 - Boland Ridge Trail
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
#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
#8 - Prairie Vista Loop
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 28 m
Note: As of June 26, 2020, users have reported that the caves are currently CLOSED. Please see the park's website for up to date information before visiting.Show more
#9 - 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 the most beautiful views in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Show more
#10 - Elk Mountain Interpretive Trail
Wind Cave National Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m