Prairie Trail is a 3.3 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.
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.
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.