Badger Clark Historic Trail

Custer, South Dakota

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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 for the entire family. The well-marked trail exists because the area was once the haunt of poet Badger Clark (1883–1957), best known perhaps for his poem “Cowboy’s Prayer." Clark lived alone for thirty years in this pristine setting, inspired by nature’s bounty. He first built a one-room cabin, where he lived for ten years while building a slightly larger cabin just up the hill.

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"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 for the entire family.

The well-marked trail exists because the area was once the haunt of poet Badger Clark (1883–1957), best known perhaps for his poem “Cowboy’s Prayer." Clark lived alone for thirty years in this pristine setting, inspired by nature’s bounty. He first built a one-room cabin, where he lived for ten years while building a slightly larger cabin just up the hill."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Custer
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Best late spring through fall
Local Contacts: Custer State Park
Local Maps: Custer State Park Trail Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Badger Clark Historic Trail

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May 2018