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
Red Beds Trail at Devils Tower National Monument
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
BHNF Trail #9: Harney Peak North
LaFramboise Island Nature Area
Big Sioux Recreation Area
Lake Herman State Park
BHNF Trail #72: Big Hill Trails
Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area
Dakota Point Trailhead
Pierson Ranch Recreation Area
Presidential Trail at Mount Rushmore
South Boxelder Creek Trailhead
Medicine Loop (East)
Bear Butte Lake Trailhead
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.