Best Hiking in South Dakota

This list represents the most popular hiking in South Dakota. Use this list to plan your next South Dakota hiking 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 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.

  • #4 The Door, Window, and Notch Trails

    5 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    Easy journeys to view some of the park's most rugged rock formations. At the Fossil Exhibit, Badlands National Park has created replicas of fossils indigenous to the Badlands, and they are exhibited ...
    •  2.41 miles
    •  Guide

    Easy journeys to view some of the park's most rugged rock formations. At the Fossil Exhibit, Badlands National Park has created ...

  • #5 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, ...

  • #6 Bear Butte Trail

    4 Reviews

    Sturgis, SD

    A 2-hour hike from the base to the peak of a sacred mountain. The trail winds through a pine forest; many tree branches are draped with prayer flags and ceremonial objects.
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3.75 miles
    •  Guide

    A 2-hour hike from the base to the peak of a sacred mountain. The trail winds through a pine forest; many tree branches are ...

  • #7 Castle Trail

    4 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    A prairie hike flanking the beautiful formations along the Badlands Wall.
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    A prairie hike flanking the beautiful formations along the Badlands Wall.

  • #8 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. ...

  • #9 Fossil Exhibit Trail

    2 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    A short, barrier-free loop to an exhibit of area fossils.
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.25 miles
    •  Guide

    A short, barrier-free loop to an exhibit of area fossils.

  • #10 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.

  • #11 Spring Creek Loop Trail

    2 Reviews

    Hill City, SD

    A flat loop trail through woods on a ridge above Spring Creek, which can be included as an addition to the Flume Trail or simply hiked on its own. The Flume Trail is filled with the history of ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    A flat loop trail through woods on a ridge above Spring Creek, which can be included as an addition to the Flume Trail or ...

  • #12 Bear Mountain Ski Trails

    2 Reviews

    Hill City, SD

    Two high-mountain loop trails affording hikers and mountain bikers extraordinary views and a great diversity of vegetation and wildlife.
    •  Half a day
    •  16.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Two high-mountain loop trails affording hikers and mountain bikers extraordinary views and a great diversity of vegetation ...

  • #13 Cliff Shelf Nature Trail

    2 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    An interpretive trail along an ancient cliff shelf that collapsed long ago from the imposing cliffs above.
    •  30 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    An interpretive trail along an ancient cliff shelf that collapsed long ago from the imposing cliffs above.

  • #14 Eagle Cliff Trails

    1 Reviews

    Spearfish, SD

    An extensive series of twenty loop and one-way trails, originally designed for cross-country skiers but also used by hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.
    •  1 hour to a full day
    •  3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    An extensive series of twenty loop and one-way trails, originally designed for cross-country skiers but also used by hikers, ...

  • #15 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 ...

  • #16 Rimrock Trail

    2 Reviews

    Spearfish, SD

    Two loops or a combined circuit hike through large stands of ponderosa, aspen, and birch, with views of limestone cliffs. To hike the Upper Loop, depart from the Little Spearfish trailhead (adjacent ...
    •  Half day to full day
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Two loops or a combined circuit hike through large stands of ponderosa, aspen, and birch, with views of limestone cliffs. To ...

  • #17 Crow Peak Trail

    2 Reviews

    Spearfish, SD

    Crow Peak Trail is a popular hike.The trail winds up to the mountaintop, providing sweeping vistas at the summit. Crow Peak is so named because of a battle once fought here between the Crow and ...
    •  A full day
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Crow Peak Trail is a popular hike.The trail winds up to the mountaintop, providing sweeping vistas at the summit. Crow Peak ...

  • #18 Lookout Point / Beaver Creek Loop Trail

    1 Reviews

    Hot Springs, SD

    A loop hike that offers a chance to examine both prairie and riparian habitats. This trail is mildly strenuous and well marked. From the northern end the trail proceeds southeast along Wind Cave ...
    •  3 to 5 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    A loop hike that offers a chance to examine both prairie and riparian habitats. This trail is mildly strenuous and well marked. ...

  • #19 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 ...
    •  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 ...

  • #20 Big Hill Trails

    1 Reviews

    Spearfish, SD

    A connecting series of trails at the summit of Big Hill, taking hikers through beautiful stands of quaking aspen, paper birch, and ponderosa pine and past sporadic views of the surrounding a ...
    •  0.5 hours to a half day
    •  16.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A connecting series of trails at the summit of Big Hill, taking hikers through beautiful stands of quaking aspen, paper birch, ...