Trails

Hiking Trails - Biking Trails - Walking Trails

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.

Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve

With more than 10 miles of scenic trails, Adams is a mecca for hikers. You’ll meander against a backdrop of sweeping meadows, lush forests, and pristine water reservoirs. The Adams Homestead Nature Trail is fully accessible, and offers guided golf cart tours to visitors with limited mobility.

Bear Butte State Park

Considered hallowed ground by many American Indian tribes, Bear Butte State Park is home to an awe-inspiring mountain rising out of the Black Hills. The park sits at the northernmost point of the Centennial Trail, which spans 111 miles in length.

Custer State Park

One of the premier natural wonders of South Dakota, this picturesque slice of history offers hikers miles of paved trails and logging roads. (Steer clear of areas that are posted as closed due to preservation efforts.) Portions of the hiking trail are fully accessible.

George S Mickelson Trail

Meandering hundreds of miles through the pine-blanketed mountains of the Black Hills, the George S. Mickelson Trail provides a relatively level surface, making it ideal for families and groups of hikers. Bikers and horseback riders also utilize the trail.

Newton Hills State Park

Six miles of hiking can be enjoyed along the densely forested Woodland Trail, which is catalogued in the registry of National Recreation Trails.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area

One of South Dakota’s most popular recreational parks, the Lewis and Clark Lake boasts a paved hiking trail and a dedicated mountain bike area. Fully accessible.

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Badger Hole Trailhead

Badger Hole Trailhead

Minnekahata Trailhead

Minnekahata Trailhead

Dakota Point Trailhead

Dakota Point Trailhead

Window Trail

Window Trail

Lake Poinsett Recreation Area

Lake Poinsett Recreation Area

Lake Louise Recreation Area

Lake Louise Recreation Area

BHNF Trail #72: Big Hill Trails

BHNF Trail #72: Big Hill Trails

Indian Creek Recreation Area

Indian Creek Recreation Area

Pickerel Lake Recreation Area

Pickerel Lake Recreation Area

Sandy Shore Recreation Area

Sandy Shore Recreation Area

Willow Creek Trailhead

Willow Creek Trailhead

Lake Thompson Recreation Area

Lake Thompson Recreation Area

BHNF Trail #68: Eagle Cliff Trails

BHNF Trail #68: Eagle Cliff Trails

Mystic Trailhead

Mystic Trailhead

Medicine Loop (East)

Medicine Loop (East)

Pringle Trailhead

Pringle Trailhead

BHNF Trail #48: Mount Roosevelt

BHNF Trail #48: Mount Roosevelt

Roy Lake State Park

Roy Lake State Park

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!

Badlands

Western South Dakota

Featuring the Black Hills, Badlands, the Sturgis Rally. This region tends to be the most popular.

CENTRAL REGION

This region of South Dakota offers some of the best hunting and fishing in the entire central US. 

Eastern Region

The eastern region is home to the largest city in the state and provides visitors with a true "prairie" experience.