Notch Trail

MODERATE 81 reviews
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Notch Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Interior, South Dakota that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
173 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

no dogs

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail! Loved the wooden stairs to climb and the view is beautiful. This is a great hike when it's too hot to do a real long trail but still get the effect of the Badlands. I would recommend. One bottle of water will suffice for this hike.

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11 days ago

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11 days ago

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16 days ago

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17 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

I didn't think it was that great. We did Castle Trail first then this. A nice trail for someone wanting a short hike but we could have done without it after our 8 mile hike we already did. Ladder was short and fairly easy. Took us about 30-40 minutes round trip.

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Very easy and short but worth it for the scenic views and the unique rope ladder.

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike, short but a lot of fun.

hiking
28 days ago

29 days ago

We absolutely loved this trail, and I recommend it heartily. The log ladder and the few spots of ledge hiking added a lot of excitement to it, and the view at the end is spectacular.

However, I do not agree with the "easy" rating. I think that would be misleading to novices or others less sure-footed. In fact, the sign at the trailhead itself says "not recommended for those with a fear of heights... moderate to strenuous... rough terrain."

hiking
29 days ago

With a deathly fear of heights, I don't recommend this hike without a buddy.

hiking
30 days ago

1 month ago

Great little Badlands "sampler." If you only have time for one hike, I recommend this one. Experience the different types of rock that make up the Badlands along the way, then enjoy a beautiful view at the end. Shaded in the evening.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views! Don't need the ladder going up but used it going down... luckily right before it started raining and pouring on us.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Was a great hike! Easily one of the best in the park. It was a fun and moderately challenging hike. The ladder adds a sense of adventure, but still feels very safe. Saw a heard of bighorns just off the trail. Very cool! Some tricky footing in parts, but with appropriate footwear it's not too bad. There are two overlooks at the end, both with gorgeous views of the Badlands. Definitely worth it. As you come up over the ridge as the landscape opens up before you, it commands attention and awe. Couldn't help but sit there for a while just to take it in.

hiking
1 month ago