Best Backpacking in South Dakota

This list represents the most popular backpacking in South Dakota. Use this list to plan your next South Dakota backpacking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Harney Peak Trail

    14 Reviews

    Black Hills National Forest, SD

    Harney Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Pennington County and Custer County, South Dakota. It is within Custer State Park, Black Elk Wilderness Area, and Black Hills National Forest. It is 7.3 ...
    •  7.3 miles

    Harney Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Pennington County and Custer County, South Dakota. It is within Custer State Park, ...

  • #2 The Centennial Trail

    9 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    The Centennial Trail has a lofty beginning and magnificent ending. If one proceeds from north to south, the trail begins at Bear Butte and Bear Butte Lake, where Crazy Horse presided over a Council ...
    •  10 to 12 days
    •  111 miles
    •  Guide

    The Centennial Trail has a lofty beginning and magnificent ending. If one proceeds from north to south, the trail begins ...

  • #3 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. ...

  • #4 George S. Mickelson Trail

    2 Reviews

    Black Hills National Forest, SD

    George S. Mickelson Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Lawrence County and Pennington County, South Dakota. It is within Black Hills National Forest. It is 45.2 miles long and begins at 5,595 ...
    •  45.2 miles

    George S. Mickelson Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Lawrence County and Pennington County, South Dakota. It is within ...

  • #5 Deerfield Lake Loop Trail

    1 Reviews

    Black Hills National Forest, SD

    Deerfield Lake Loop Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Pennington County, South Dakota. It is within Black Hills National Forest. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 5,922 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  1.5 miles

    Deerfield Lake Loop Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Pennington County, South Dakota. It is within Black Hills National ...

  • #6 Lewis & Clark Trail: South Dakota

    0 Reviews

    Pierre, SD

    This eTrail was written for travelers along the Lewis and Clark Trail. Inside you'll find a map and detailed directions to all the sites and attractions related to the Lewis & Clark expedition ...
    •  A couple days to a couple weeks
    •  Guide

    This eTrail was written for travelers along the Lewis and Clark Trail. Inside you'll find a map and detailed directions ...

  • #7 Badlands National Park: Sage Creek Basin

    1 Reviews

    Wall, SD

    This backcountry route weaves through pinnacled formations, serpentine washes, and expansive grasslands in Badlands National Park’s Sage Creek Wilderness Area.
    •  3 days
    •  22 miles
    •  Guide

    This backcountry route weaves through pinnacled formations, serpentine washes, and expansive grasslands in Badlands National ...