South Dakota’s 300 miles of hiking and walking trails wind their way through the great outdoors, rewarding travelers with scenic overlooks, encounters with wildlife, and the pleasant coolness and hushed tones only a dense ponderosa pine forest can provide. The hiking trails of South Dakota are extensions of the natural landscape and ecosystem. Trail developers are careful not to disturb ecosystems, lakes, or forests. High-quality hiking trails are found throughout the state, catering to travelers of all skill levels.
The many state parks of South Dakota provide hiking opportunities and a wide range of terrains, inclines, and surrounding scenery. In addition to hikers, the network of state park trails is also frequented by bikers, joggers, and walkers. Whether you prefer leisurely, level prairie trails or challenging climbing paths, you’re sure to find your perfect trail here.
Search for Trails / State Park Trails
Custer Skywalk Trail
North Wheeler Recreation Area
Lake Thompson Recreation Area
Spearfish Canyon Nature Area
Boland Ridge Trail at Wind Cave National Park
Lookout Point Trail at Wind Cave National Park
Shadehill Recreation Area
Chief White Crane Recreation Area
Custer State Park
Beaver Creek Nature Area
Highland Creek Trailhead
Lake Louise Recreation Area
BHNF Trail #58: Osprey Trail
Palisades State Park
Little Moreau Recreation Area
Joyner Ridge Trail at Devils Tower National Monument
Great Faces. Great Places.
South Dakota is an incredibly unique state in that each region offers a completely different experience then the others. Check out each of the regions to see what each has to offer!
Western South Dakota
Featuring the Black Hills, Badlands, the Sturgis Rally. This region tends to be the most popular.
This region of South Dakota offers some of the best hunting and fishing in the entire central US.
The eastern region is home to the largest city in the state and provides visitors with a true "prairie" experience.