Prairie Trail

EASY 27 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.1 miles
423 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


4 days ago

With every step, you felt closer to Mother Earth. The stream crossings, the rolling prairie filled with wild flowers, cactus, grasshoppers, were a sight to behold. We saw lots of prairie dogs and heard coyotes in the distance. Buffalo were in the area but we didn’t see any. The warm breezes were so beautiful and peaceful. A comfortable hike. Just over 2 miles. Cannot rate easy because of the hills, and some lack of shade.

26 days ago

Very nice views across the rolling prairie hills! Wildflowers were beautiful! About halfway round we ended up in buffalo territory fortunately they were to the right where the trail turned left. We could certainly hear and smell them though! Great quick outing 1~1.25 hour trip!

28 days ago

Nice, well marked trail through terrain which included prairie, wooded areas and hills. Beautiful scenery!! Prairie was in full bloom and the smells were wonderful.
Recommend hiking the trail counterclockwise which allows the longest and steepest grade to be downhill for the last portion of hike.
Make sure you have a camera to capture wildlife. Please remember it's Wildlife which means you may see some or maybe not, but it's there. More than likely they are watching you.

1 month ago

Did this hike & really enjoyed it. Longest 2.1 miles we have ever done. I think it's closer to 3. We hike a lot.

2 months ago

great little hike. took a little over an hour to complete the loop. it was a little over 2 miles. great scenario. encountered deer and could see the bison across the ravine!

9 months 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.

10 months ago

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

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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