Prairie Trail

EASY 21 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
465 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
40 minutes ago

Beautiful trail. Alternates between open grassland and pine or oak wooded areas with a couple of stream crossings. Gorgeous views. Encountered a herd of bison about half way but was able to skirt around them at a safe distance. Note: the park rates this as a moderate trail and I would agree since the inclines are fairly steep and long - just didn’t feel like an ‘easy’ trail.

hiking
8 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! Fall colors, babbling brooks, incredible vistas. My kids loved the rock sculptures as well. Highly recommended and we will be back:)

hiking
1 month ago

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Wasnt a bad trail...just not a lot to see. There are interpretive signs along the way..but not that informative. Go when it isnt hot..there is not a lot of shade.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months 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.

hiking
4 months ago

7 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.

11 months ago

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hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

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.

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Beautiful scenery and lovely flowers.

walking
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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