Cliff Shelf Nature Trail

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Cliff Shelf Nature Trail is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Interior, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
0.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
65 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

walking

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

You can see the cliff like a bowl and notice the abundant vegetation induced by the water flow down from the cliff. Besides there is not much to see.

hiking
1 month ago

Short, uphill loop with a fantastic view. Super close to the visitor center.

2 months ago

Easy and kid friendly. Lots of steps and go for a warm up trail.

hiking
3 months ago

This is like a perfect family hike and a great intro to the Badlands scenery. Kids can do it, there's some elevation but it's not strenuous, and the views are great.

11 months ago

Easy warm up hike. Some nice views at the end. Easy for kids. We didn't see many people using the whole trail. We had the back 3/4 almost to ourselves.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

well marked traveled, heavily trafficked. do early morning when cool.

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Short and easy and mostly on a boardwalk, but there's some nice views and a good amount of variety on the trail. Due to the moisture that's contained in the valley there's a miniature pine forest towards the bottom which briefly transports you to a different environment. There's also lots of deer to be seen.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Very easy walk, kids were little when we did it, good for young ones

hiking
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Great trail; pretty easy hiking on a boardwalk. Some stairs, but great views of the valley in the Badlands. Beautiful walking through the trees and undergrowth. I ended up hiking this one after a spill I took on the Notch trail, so it was slow going for me, but there are benches along the way where you can rest.

hiking
Sunday, July 13, 2014

It was a great starter trail after a 900 mile drive. It is an easy trail that is well-maintained and accessible to people with mobility issues. It's wonderful that the National Park Service has made the parks available to more people.

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