Lake Sylvan Trail

EASY 79 reviews
#5 of 12 trails in

Lake Sylvan Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near East Custer, South Dakota that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and fishing and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.1 miles
59 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly









wild flowers

A nice walk around Lake Sylvan. Good views. Easy walk.

22 hours ago

fun fun fun, for little kids also safe

15 days ago

Love this lake, very easy trail. When visiting Custer state park, we always stop and walk the lake

28 days ago

This is a very beautiful area and the trail is fairly easy (but not suited for baby strollers). The lake, the waterfall, and the rocks make it interesting. A very cool place!

1 month ago

Too short and crowded but it’s beautiful and I saw a yellow-bellied marmot! I wouldn’t make this a destination hike but if you’re in the area and want to get in a quick hike, its worth it

2 months ago

Love it. Very easy beautiful walk.

2 months ago

Beautiful lake views, fun rocks to climb. Easy hike for all ages.

2 months ago

great little cool down trail after tackling the cathedral Spires and little devils tower. great views of the lake all the way around

2 months ago

Love this hike! So pretty and relaxing! Very dog friendly!

3 months ago

Sylvan is my favorite part of the hills. This hike is great to take with kids and get a great view of all the scenery. If you go during a hot day, you can finish the hike with a dip in the lake.

4 months ago

This is a five star trail simply for the scenery. Sylvan Lake is absolutely gorgeous. Very simple walk/hike. Anyone in relatively decent health can complete this trail.

9 months ago

An easy walk, great for kids. Brought our 2 dogs and they loved it too!

10 months ago

Beautiful lake, beautiful scenery!!

11 months ago

Easy and beautiful! Sylvan Lake is gorgeous!

11 months ago

Easy yet beautiful walk around the lake. North side of the lake was less groomed and harder for the older group but they made it. Damn 20$ to get in though.

11 months ago

great scenery at the lake. doable by most.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Beautiful easy trail with lots of unique & beautiful terrain. Don't miss it!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cool views, easy to wander up boulders!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Easy, fantastic scenery.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Love this trail. Be sure to take it all the way behind the rocks.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A great hike to do with the family. We enjoyed climbing on the rocks and seeing some geese swimming on the lake.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Beautiful little hike and park. Loved crawling all over the rock structures.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Such a beautiful trail! Not all of it is a clean path, some spots are rocks that you have to climb over, which makes it fun! Some rocks are easy to climb up to get a gorgeous view of the lake.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Loved this trail easy for beginners but beautiful for even those that do hiking a lot very scenic route.

Monday, September 05, 2016

We make this an yearly event. Always great views and an enjoyable experience

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Beautiful, fun.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

This actually can loop the whole lake. Pretty easy, but there is a bit of scrambling over rocks that will have to happen. Wear appropriate footwear! I saw a lot of people in flip-flops struggling along.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Great for beginners, especially kids. Took my 8 & 4 yr old daughters around it with ease. They loved it.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Great opportunities for kids to climb rocks in addition to a fairly easy trail.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Great short hike! Beautiful lake and awesome rock outcroppings everywhere! Easy hike for kids as well.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

My top favorite place in SD

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