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Fossil Exhibit Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

Length 0.4 mi Elevation gain 13 ft Route type Out & Back

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

No shade

No dogs

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Photos (49)
Recordings (85)
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Danny Adams
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Hiking

Just a quick, educational boardwalk “hike.” Would definitely add it into your Castle Trail hike.

Rishi Thaker
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WalkingNo shade

Not really a hike, just really a short walk. The signs are informative, if you are interested in reading them, a good walk. Otherwise, it's pretty boring and nothing too interesting.

Mary Huotari
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Hiking

Great easy trail

Jason Thompson
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Hiking

Kids trail to learn about fossils. All level boardwalk

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Cody Staup
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Hiking

good waling path.

Regina Story
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Hiking

We walked on this boardwalk and took a little break on a bench there from our hike on castle trail. The information on the signs is interesting. I was hoping to work in a little geology class with my teen and here it was. There is currently construction on the parking lot. People were parking along the side of the road and a ranger came and made them all move as they were blocking traffic.

Jesse Surratt
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HikingNo shade

It’s just a boardwalk, the kids can also go on. Informative and worth it.

Scott Johnson
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Hiking

Easy boardwalk. Interesting signs.

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Andrea Pulido
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Hiking

Great little trail. It’s less of a hike and more of a stroll down a boardwalk, but the views are beautiful and the information is very interesting. This would be a great stop for people wanting to see more of the badlands but who may not be able to do more strenuous walks/hikes.

Michael Travis
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Hiking

Boardwalk area that displays some small fossils as you walk along. educational and our kids of 5, 6 and 7 loved it. this is not a hike, just a short boardwalk to stretch your legs and entertain the kids. if you are looking for hiking challenges Badlands provides other selections.

Mary O'Malley
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Hiking

Not really a hiking trail -- a boardwalk takes walkers around a series of exhibits about fossils and geology in the area. The ranger led discussion is very informative.

Krista Alice Carlson
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Hiking

Very interesting: I learned a lot!

Kristin Thompson
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Hiking

Very informative, short, easy boardwalk. Made me interested in things I didn't even know I was interested in!

Cordelia Hershey
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Hiking

Nice explanation of fossils by age and rock layer. Boardwalk doubt is more than.2 mi

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K G
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Hiking

Good fossil info on this outing. Good for kids. More of a stroll than a trail.

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Stewart Carnes
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Great hike. The trail is overgrown and rough at times. It's mostly well marked. I used All Trails a couple of times for unmarked trail intersections. I saw Bighorn Sheep numerous times.

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Lady Arcane
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Hiking

Educational, easy boardwalk, very short.

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William Rustad
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Hiking

Good info walk on raised deck

Richard Hermans
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Hiking

To crowded. It is no hiking trail

Cristin Caruso
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Hiking

Less of a hike, more of short informational walk to learn about fossils in the area.

Adam Murrison
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HikingNo shade

A very easy hike that you can choose to go out and back if you are looking for a longer hike. There are great signs throughout providing information on what animals once resided in the park.

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Luke Isaacson
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HikingNo shade
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Lora G.
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Hiking

Great little walk to take the little ones to, but watch out when u get to the plastic floor cause it's really slippery.

Han Zhang
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Hiking

There are ranger programs talking about Fossils at 10:30am and 1:30pm everyday, they’re good for kids.

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Caroline Kanaskie
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Hiking

Super accessible and a great place to learn about the history of the landscape!

Rebekah Mueller
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Not really a trail. But it's interesting and a good place to stretch the legs on the drive.

Jenna Carroll
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Very pretty...lookout for bighorn sheep. I was there at sunrise. Stunning views as the sun rises above the badlands. Going to go back someday to show my daughter what she saw when she was six weeks old!

Autumn Wind
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Hiking

Just a study of the fossil and geologic age. Not a scenic trail. Good for kids to learn.

Andrea S.
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Walking

Cute little boardwalk. Good for kids. Repeats a lot of the information from the visitors center.

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