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Best trails in South Dakota

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Trying to find the best South Dakota trails? AllTrails has 186 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Custer, Rapid City or Keystone, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 89 moderate trails in South Dakota ranging from 0.6 to 110.4 miles and from 1,263 to 7,247 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in South Dakota
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#1 - Black Elk Peak South Dakota Highpoint Trail
Black Hills National Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 6 m
There is a $20 entrance fee to access this trail. This granite 7,242 ft mountain lies in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. There is a historic stone firetower at the top that is no longer iShow more
#2 - Notch Trail
Badlands National Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 37 m
Notch Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Interior, South Dakota that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature tShow more
#3 - Sunday Gulch Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
At the start there is a very rocky downward hike, the park service has provided handrails as you would likely struggle to climb down without them. Once you reach the bottom of this hike, you are treatShow more
#4 - Cathedral Spires Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 58 m
Cathedral Spires Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking aShow more
#5 - Little Devils Tower Spur Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Little Devils Tower Spur Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primaShow more
#6 - The Door Trail
Badlands National Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 21 m
The Door Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Interior, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily useShow more
#7 - Lovers' Leap Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
Lovers' Leap Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, Show more
#8 - Sylvan Lake Shore Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 29 m
A nice walk around Lake Sylvan. Good views. Easy walk.Show more
#9 - Castle Trail
Badlands National Park
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 4 h 26 m
Castle Trail is a 10.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Interior, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optioShow more
#10 - Mount Rushmore and Presidential Trail Loop
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 27 m
There is an $11 entrance fee. Show more
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