Best Trails Near Custer SD

Custer has 30 trails in the vicinity, including 27 hiking trails and 2 for campgrounds. These trails range from 1 to 70 miles in length. The longest trail in Custer is Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway a well-known trail measuring 70 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Sylvan Lake to Harney Peak Trail, Mount Rushmore to Horsethief Lake Trail and Custer State Park Campgrounds. Trails.com member Lily W. recently completed Mount Rushmore to Horsethief Lake Trail.

More information on the best trails in Custer can be found below.
  • Sylvan Lake to Harney Peak Trail

    5 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A moderately difficult trail to Harney Peak with spectacular and varied scenery along the way.
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A moderately difficult trail to Harney Peak with spectacular and varied scenery along the way.

  • Mount Rushmore to Horsethief Lake Trail

    4 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    An extremely scenic one-way hike departing from Mount Rushmore and terminating at Horsethief Lake, with access to other trails, some leading to Harney Peak.
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    An extremely scenic one-way hike departing from Mount Rushmore and terminating at Horsethief Lake, with access to other trails, ...

  • French Creek Natural Area

    3 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    An overnight backpack into a pristine natural area along a gorge of unique rock formations, with numerous creek fordings. Of course, you always have the option of hiking in from either end and ...
    •  Overnight or a full day
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    An overnight backpack into a pristine natural area along a gorge of unique rock formations, with numerous creek fordings. ...

  • Prairie Trail

    2 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    This is an easy interpretive loop hike through prairie grasslands and over open ridges, with superb views. The Prairie Trail was designed especially for those interested in viewing prairie grasslands ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an easy interpretive loop hike through prairie grasslands and over open ridges, with superb views. The Prairie Trail ...

  • Sylvan Lake Shore Trail

    2 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    An easy loop trail around Sylvan Lake.
    •  1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    An easy loop trail around Sylvan Lake.

  • Badger Clark Historic Trail

    2 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A short loop trail that winds behind the historic cabin of Charles Badger Clark (1883 / 1957), poet laureate of South Dakota.
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    A short loop trail that winds behind the historic cabin of Charles Badger Clark (1883 / 1957), poet laureate of South Da ...

  • Sylvan Lake Shore Trail

    1 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    An interpretive trail with wonderful views. The interpretive Sylvan Lake Shore Trail is one of the easiest in Custer State Park. This trail makes a loop around the lake, affording walkers wonderful ...
    •  1 to 1.5 hours
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    An interpretive trail with wonderful views. The interpretive Sylvan Lake Shore Trail is one of the easiest in Custer State ...

  • Creekside Trail

    1 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A beautiful stroll on a multi-accessible hard-surface path, which parallels Grace Coolidge Creek. This trail offers a new dimension for all visitors in that it is wheelchair accessible, easily ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    A beautiful stroll on a multi-accessible hard-surface path, which parallels Grace Coolidge Creek. This trail offers a new ...

  • Grace Coolidge Walk In Fishing Area Trail

    1 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A beautiful, fairly flat walk terminating at Center Lake, paralleling (with many crossings) Grace Coolidge Creek. French Creek originates northwest of the town of Custer. It feeds Stockade Lake ...
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  5.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A beautiful, fairly flat walk terminating at Center Lake, paralleling (with many crossings) Grace Coolidge Creek. French ...

  • Legion Lake Trail

    1 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A pleasant 1.5-hour loop hike that climbs a hill on the north side of Legion Lake and offers views of the surrounding area. With lots of potential for a fun family outing, this popular hike combines ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A pleasant 1.5-hour loop hike that climbs a hill on the north side of Legion Lake and offers views of the surrounding area. ...

  • Iron Mountain Loop Trail

    1 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A loop taking hikers from mountaintop to forest floor while threading over streams, into small valleys flanked by rock formations, and through park-like settings cut by beaver dams. Part of ...
    •  4 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    A loop taking hikers from mountaintop to forest floor while threading over streams, into small valleys flanked by rock formations, ...

  • Little Devils Tower Spur Trail

    1 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A fairly steep hike up a spur trail, winding through pine forest and ending atop Little Devils Tower among incredible rock formations and views. The trail provides an easy to moderate ascent ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    A fairly steep hike up a spur trail, winding through pine forest and ending atop Little Devils Tower among incredible rock ...

  • Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

    1 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A 70-mile double-loop drive in the heart of South Dakota’s Black Hills. The Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway traverses a wonderfully diverse region of the Black Hills. The highways are paved; traffic ...
    •  70 miles
    •  Guide

    A 70-mile double-loop drive in the heart of South Dakota’s Black Hills. The Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway traverses a wonderfully ...

  • Prairie Trail

    0 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    An interpretive loop hike through prairie grasslands and over open ridges with superb views. The Prairie Trail was designed especially for those interested in viewing prairie grasslands and wildflowers. ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    An interpretive loop hike through prairie grasslands and over open ridges with superb views. The Prairie Trail was designed ...

  • French Creek Natural Area Trail

    0 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    This trip in its entirety is long (12 miles), and many trekkers often camp for one night. Therefore, we suggest making this a trip of only 1.5 miles one-way. The trail is marked from both the ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    This trip in its entirety is long (12 miles), and many trekkers often camp for one night. Therefore, we suggest making this ...

  • Badger Clark Historic Trail

    0 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A walk back in history, one that’s great for the whole family. You’ll get to visit the historic cabin of the first poet laureate of South Dakota. This short, historic interpretive walk is great ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    A walk back in history, one that’s great for the whole family. You’ll get to visit the historic cabin of the first poet laureate ...

  • Lovers' Leap Trail

    0 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A loop hike that’s a great family outing, with some ups and downs, a few stream crossings, and many wonderful views. With lots of potential for a fun family outing, this hike combines gentle ...
    •  2 to 4 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    A loop hike that’s a great family outing, with some ups and downs, a few stream crossings, and many wonderful views. With ...

  • Grace Coolidge Walk-In Fishing Area Trail

    0 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A beautiful, fairly flat walk terminating or beginning at Center Lake or Grace Coolidge Campground that parallels (with many crossings) Grace Coolidge Creek. The Grace Coolidge Walk-in Fishing ...
    •  5 to 6 hours
    •  5.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A beautiful, fairly flat walk terminating or beginning at Center Lake or Grace Coolidge Campground that parallels (with many ...

  • Sunday Gulch Trail

    0 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A unique trail, one of beauty; a National Recreation Trail. The Sunday Gulch Trail is considered so extraordinary in the spectrum of plants, trees, mosses, and scenery that, in 1971, it was designated ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A unique trail, one of beauty; a National Recreation Trail. The Sunday Gulch Trail is considered so extraordinary in the ...

  • The Creekside Trail

    0 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A beautiful stroll on a hard-surface path that parallels Grace Coolidge Creek. This path is available to walkers, bikers, and those with in-line skates; it is also wheelchair accessible.
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    A beautiful stroll on a hard-surface path that parallels Grace Coolidge Creek. This path is available to walkers, bikers, ...

  • Lost Cabin - Harney Peak Loop Trail

    0 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A vigorous loop hike through a variety of lofty terrain so beautiful that one of the trails (Lost Cabin) has been designated a National Recreational Trail. For those interested in a challenging ...
    •  A full day
    •  8.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A vigorous loop hike through a variety of lofty terrain so beautiful that one of the trails (Lost Cabin) has been designated ...

  • Harney Peak Loop Trail

    0 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A series of trails through wilderness and exceptional wildlife habitat. Hikers eventually reach Harney Peak. Willow Creek Loop Trail provides vistas of Harney Peak, a bird’s-eye view of the spires ...
    •  All day or overnight
    •  10.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A series of trails through wilderness and exceptional wildlife habitat. Hikers eventually reach Harney Peak. Willow Creek ...

  • Willow Creek Loop Trail

    0 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    An easy loop trail that provides periodic vistas of Harney Peak.
    •  1.5 to 2 hours
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    An easy loop trail that provides periodic vistas of Harney Peak.

  • Cathedral Spires Trail

    0 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    This moderately strenuous spur trail is a great natural history trek that connects with Sylvan Lake Trail to Harney Peak.
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    This moderately strenuous spur trail is a great natural history trek that connects with Sylvan Lake Trail to Harney Peak ...

  • Little Devils Tower Trailhead to Harney Peak

    0 Reviews

    Custer, SD

    A short, pleasant walk through woods with the option of returning along the same path or connecting with the Cathedral Spires Trail to Harney Peak. Follow Trail #4/Little Devils Tower Trail east ...
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    A short, pleasant walk through woods with the option of returning along the same path or connecting with the Cathedral Spires ...