Prairie Trail

EASY 13 reviews
#5 of 10 trails in

Prairie Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Custer, 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 accessible year-round.

2.1 miles
465 feet

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


16 days ago

24 days ago

Great easy hike for our family. Our 2 year old was able to walk about half of the trail by himself, and our 7 year old did it with ease. We brought a blanket with and had a small lunch in the prairie grass at the top high point of the trail. There is a cool prairie dog town in a valley at around the half way point in the trail. The hike took us around 90 minutes.

1 month ago

3 months ago

We did this trail in the winter, when the trail was snow covered. The trail is well marked, but we still managed to lose it and ended up wayyyyyy off track after we didn't follow the trail (and markers) through the other side of the fence and followed buffalo tracks instead. fun trail, once we found our way back, with a variety of scenery.

7 months ago

8 months ago

10 months ago

Quick and easy. It's a nice mix of prairie and wooded areas with a small creek. You do have to slide yourself through a fence at a couple points, which seemed odd.

11 months ago

This is an easy trail that winds up through rolling prairie grasslands and into forested areas along a path that provides great views of Custer State Park and surrounding areas. Depending on the time of year, the trail offers spectacular wildflower displays and a small stream which dries up in mid-summer. It is well-marked. Park officials asked us to report the presence of any bison along the trail (none), but we did spot plenty of birds and an immature rattlesnake, which went on its own way without bothering us. Additional details about this trail can be found on the park brochure.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Nice trail, with some good climbs, creek crossings, and great views. If you are wanting a quick hike, this one fits the bill.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Beautiful scenery and lovely flowers.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Overgrown, poorly designed trail that spent more time in thick brush by the creek than in the prairie.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Located off the Wildlife Loop Road in the heart of Custer State Park, this 3 mile trail is a beautiful walk through prairie grasses and along bubbling springs. I did this hike with my wife and 3 kids, ages 6-9. Bring plenty of water, sun protection, and a picnic lunch.