Badger Clark Historic Trail

Custer, South Dakota 57730

Badger Clark Historic Trail

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

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides)
Bert & Jane Gildart
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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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This is a very short,leisurely hiking trail. The significance of the trail is the sights that the poet Badger Clark enjoyed. They are nice but not spectactular. The trail is well-marked and a very easy hike.
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This is basically a short loop good for stretching your legs after you've been stuck in the car too long. Like anywhere in Custer State Park, you do have a chance of seeing a Bison or too. Although they are photogenic they are not friendly. I always give them plenty of space. As with most trails in Custer State Park, this trail is well marked, easy to follow, and dry most of the year. Fall, Winter, and early Spring are a great time to see the park as there is very little traffic and the snowpack is usually pretty low. traffic in the park is heaviest from late May through early October.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1 to 2 hours
Best spring through fall
Custer State Park
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