Sylvan Lake Shore Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near East Custer, South Dakota that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and fishing and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
59 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

A nice walk around Lake Sylvan. Good views. Easy walk.

19 days ago

Short but sweet

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike! We hiked it, with a break in the middle to play on some rocks and grab a snack. It was no problem for our 6 yr old and I carried our 1 yr old in the baby carrier with ease. We'd love to do this hike again and highly recommend it to anyone in the area.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike. The rock monoliths barricade one end of the lake and are used to dam the lake. Fall color really adds to the scenic beauty.
Some people enjoying the hike but not overrun.

1 month ago

it's a beautiful lake with an easy, gravel trail, but was very crowded and noisy with visitors. worth a visit if you are looking for something short and easy with amazing scenic views all around

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy. Breathtaking. Connects to other trails for more of a challenge :) don’t forget $20 for the entry fee!

walking
1 month ago

Sylvan Lake is such a pretty lake, and this is a nice trail for a walk/short workout. The back side of the trail has some light rocky parts so you don’t feel like you’re just walking an urban trail. After hiking Black Elk Peak yesterday, my muscles needed some easy work, and twice around the trail was perfect. There’s a scenic lookout on the north end of the lake where you can take photos, and if you’re a rock climber, there’s a nice one back there.

2 months ago

beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty man-made lake with dam. Gravel trail well maintained. Crowded with vacationing tourists.

2 months ago

fun fun fun, for little kids also safe

hiking
3 months ago

Love this lake, very easy trail. When visiting Custer state park, we always stop and walk the lake

3 months ago

This is a very beautiful area and the trail is fairly easy (but not suited for baby strollers). The lake, the waterfall, and the rocks make it interesting. A very cool place!

hiking
4 months ago

Too short and crowded but it’s beautiful and I saw a yellow-bellied marmot! I wouldn’t make this a destination hike but if you’re in the area and want to get in a quick hike, its worth it

5 months ago

Love it. Very easy beautiful walk.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful lake views, fun rocks to climb. Easy hike for all ages.

hiking
5 months ago

great little cool down trail after tackling the cathedral Spires and little devils tower. great views of the lake all the way around

walking
5 months ago

Love this hike! So pretty and relaxing! Very dog friendly!

6 months ago

Sylvan is my favorite part of the hills. This hike is great to take with kids and get a great view of all the scenery. If you go during a hot day, you can finish the hike with a dip in the lake.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a five star trail simply for the scenery. Sylvan Lake is absolutely gorgeous. Very simple walk/hike. Anyone in relatively decent health can complete this trail.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

An easy walk, great for kids. Brought our 2 dogs and they loved it too!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Beautiful lake, beautiful scenery!!

hiking
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Easy and beautiful! Sylvan Lake is gorgeous!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Easy yet beautiful walk around the lake. North side of the lake was less groomed and harder for the older group but they made it. Damn 20$ to get in though.

hiking
Saturday, August 26, 2017

great scenery at the lake. doable by most.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Beautiful easy trail with lots of unique & beautiful terrain. Don't miss it!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cool views, easy to wander up boulders!

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Easy, fantastic scenery.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Love this trail. Be sure to take it all the way behind the rocks.

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

A great hike to do with the family. We enjoyed climbing on the rocks and seeing some geese swimming on the lake.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Beautiful little hike and park. Loved crawling all over the rock structures.

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

Such a beautiful trail! Not all of it is a clean path, some spots are rocks that you have to climb over, which makes it fun! Some rocks are easy to climb up to get a gorgeous view of the lake.

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