Explore the most popular hiking trails in South Dakota with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Took the dog with us, nice view, peaceful, and a must do!

It was amazing and nice. The wife thought the water was way to cold for comfort

hiking
19 hours ago

We only had 30 minutes to hike so went up for a quick leg stretch (just hiking 15 min in, 15 min out). Got to see the huge cut of the mine, which was really cool and an abundance of deer and wildflowers.

on Sunday Gulch Trail

hiking
1 day ago

One of my favorite black hills hikes. Not too long, but easy to get to TH, beautiful scenery, a bit of bouldering, family can handle it, AND who doesn't like waterfalls

Great site. HIke is a simple walk to the base of the monuments.

hiking
1 day ago

Steep climb to an overlook. Great Views.

waterfall was nice. walk along the stream was pleasant. Nice but not spectacular.

hiking
1 day ago

Definitely more moderate than easy, due to unlevel ground and several water crossings. Our 7 year old did fine, but needed adult help in several areas. Gorgeous area - lots of areas for great photos. Biggest issue was LOTS of poison ivy. Entire trail was covered with it - if you watch your footing carefully you can avoid it.

Did this trail in 3 1/2 hours. Amazing views from the top. Bring sun screen!

Great hike not hard ! Short and sweet. Parking was a little hard to find. Rock Climbers were amazing to watch

Nice short trail With big views, wildflowers and ripe raspberries

Nice easy walking trail. Up and back in under 2.5 hours. Beautiful view from the Harney Peak lookout, worth the trek utilizing trail 9

Hiked today 7-10, temps were high but it was windy enough to stay pleasant. Based on recommendations, we went counterclockwise and agree with the recommendation. There were quite a few ticks on the lower level but with hats and buddy checks we managed it pretty easily. We saw a herd of big horn sheep on the upper portion, they were below us on their own ledge. Very cool hike with spectacular vistas.

I thought this was a very challenging hike for the first mile. I started at the gulch with the water running over the steps and big boulders. I am glad they put the handrails, they sure came in handy. I truly enjoyed this hike and the challenges it provided, once you get through the water streams it gets easier.

Definitely recommend this trail, it’s a perfect day hike. Bring plenty of water as it is very exposed to the sun.

Nice, easy hike but watch for buffalo chips on the trail. Beautiful scenery with chirping prairie dogs as a bonus.

hiking
3 days ago

Great family trail! Our four and two and a half year olds did pretty well (though the young one spent about half the return trip on my back). Water crossings are fine if parents are there to help. Scenery is beautiful and pools at the end are a lot of fun. Parking is tough; we waited about ten minutes for someone to leave before getting a spot.-and we didn’t get there until mid afternoon. A great hike!

gorgeous hike! ran into a herd of cattle crossing the river, which was fun to watch.

Great hike and we had fun keeping track of where we were in relation to the top of the mountain. I believe we took trail 9 and it was less busy but still passing people on the trail. Worth it for the view!Bring lots of water and a nice snack to munch on at the top - lots of places to sit and eat. Also I had 4 bars of service! Guess no obstruction to the towers.

beautiful trail but the map shown on AllTrails is NOT ACCURATE. do not try to do this counterclockwise, just go to the trailhead (across the street from the natue education center, which is where the map above says it starts, but it actually doesnt).

scenic driving
6 days ago

Amazing easy-ish hike. You will get wet through multiple crossings and there are some slippery rocks when you get up towards the pools. Quite busy with a mix of ages from old to young. Very clean for a high traffic trail. We did with small kids and a very lazy dog. There is a bit of mud. We got a little rain but it was muddy before the rain. Quite a few dogs on the trail. All were on leashes. A lot of people wore swim suits to swim. Hands down one of the most beautiful drives too.

There were 8 of us and we loved the trail. Temp was 90+ but no shade.Bring plenty of water. The ladder was real interesting going down. Found out my 25 year old son is afraid of ladders. It freaked him out. Enjoy!

Footing is slick..wear good shoes, beautiful views

6 days ago

do the full trail. and loop up on the medicine trail to see more grass land

took cathedral spires up to black elk peak. AMAZING!

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked this trail July 4th, 2018. it was a gorgeous hike with temperatures in the low 80's. The area has gotten a lot of rain lately so there were lots of little stream crossings, but nothing more than 2 feet wide. Trail was a little muddy in some areas and overgrown a little as well, but it was always easy to see the trail. The last leg will have you breathing hard, but the views are worth it.

Great hike with a gorgeous view at the end. Follow the metal posts with white paint tips - took us a bit of time to figure out that was the trail marker. The ladder wasn’t bad, going down was a little trickier. Take water! It doesn’t seem like a very long hike, but each of us almost went through our 2Ls we had on our backs. It was close to 100degrees with no shade along the way. Enjoy!

Absolutely gorgeous! The views at the top are amazing and walking by the creek was refreshing after doing so many inclines.

There are many river crossings, all had bridges as of July 2018.

There is a ton of poison ivy down by the creek and you can't avoid it, so wear pants and boots if possible.

The end loop does NOT exist. Stay to the right. We were trying to find the trail for an hour and were in the middle of a timber field. Learn from our mistake. This is a true out and back only.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful hike. partial shade, well marked.

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