Prairie Trail

Custer, South Dakota

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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. The interpretive signs help ensure more correct interpretation and add to the enjoyment of the hike. The elevation gain is modest and climbs but 250 feet. Views offered along this trail are commanding, and on a clear day hikers are rewarded with distant views to the east of the White River Badlands. Even from afar, when the interplay of light and land is appropriate, the area appears majestic. So, too, does the grassland over which hikers must pass. Views of the prairie suggest an immensity and grandeur found in few other areas of the United States. The flora is varied, and throughout the summer, pageants of flowers reward hikers. Alert travelers might also see and hear a variety of birds and mammals, such as mountain bluebirds, golden eagles, coyotes, and pronghorns.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Black Hills Country

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Black Hills Country

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

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. The interpretive signs help ensure more correct interpretation and add to the enjoyment of the hike. The elevation gain is modest and climbs but 250 feet. Views offered along this trail are commanding, and on a clear day hikers are rewarded with distant views to the east of the White River Badlands.

Even from afar, when the interplay of light and land is appropriate, the area appears majestic. So, too, does the grassland over which hikers must pass. Views of the prairie suggest an immensity and grandeur found in few other areas of the United States. The flora is varied, and throughout the summer, pageants of flowers reward hikers. Alert travelers might also see and hear a variety of birds and mammals, such as mountain bluebirds, golden eagles, coyotes, and pronghorns.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Custer
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Custer State Park
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Topo Map No. 238
Driving Directions: Directions to Prairie Trail

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May 2018