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.
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Alkali Creek Trailhead Horse Camp
Castle Trail (West)
West Whitlock Recreation Area
Custer Spur to Stockade Lake Trail
Oakwood Lakes State Park
Boland Ridge Trail at Wind Cave National Park
Burke Lake Recreation Area
Custer State Park
Sandy Shore Recreation Area
Bear Butte State Park
Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area
Castle Trail (East)
Revheim Bay Recreation Area
Lakota Lake Trailhead
BHNF Trail #88: Cook Lake
South Boxelder Creek Trailhead
Pierson Ranch Recreation Area
Nature Trail at Mount Rushmore
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.