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Best trails in South Dakota

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Trying to find the best South Dakota trails? AllTrails has 187 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 92 moderate trails in South Dakota ranging from 0.6 to 110.4 miles and from 1,263 to 7,244 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Black Elk Peak South Dakota Highpoint Trail
Black Elk Wilderness
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 58 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 in use but is open to the public to check out. The trail in to the peak takes you past amazing granite towers rising out of the hills. It is a very unique geological area.Show more
#2 - Notch Trail
Badlands National Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 37 m
#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 treated to an awesome stroll along a creek with awesome views of the various rock formations. Dogs on leashes are okay, but be prepared to carry your dog at the start of the hike, as there are many areas that they need to jump down from. Show more
#4 - Cathedral Spires Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 58 m
#5 - Little Devils Tower Spur Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
#6 - The Door Trail
Badlands National Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 21 m
#7 - 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
#8 - Lovers' Leap Trail
Custer State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
#9 - Castle Trail
Badlands National Park
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 4 h 26 m
#10 - Black Elk Peak via Harney Peak Trail
Black Elk Wilderness
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
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