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Hiking South Dakota's Black Hills Country
by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)
A prairie hike where wildlife is at times abundant.
Located at the Southern extreme of the park the East Bison Flats Trail lives up to its name. It is a fantastic place to view bison, particularily large herds of calving females in the Spring. This end of the park tends to stay busier than the Northern end but there is plenty of peaceful space along the praire. This trail connects to the Wind Cave Canyon trail and could be hiked as a "one-way" if a car was left at Gobbler Pass and another left at the Wind Cave Canyon trailhead. No matter how you hike it your odds of seeing bison, antelope, elk, and other praire animals is fairly good. The Spring and early Summer blesses this area with numerous wildflowers as well. Beware of thunderstorms in the Spring as they tend to sneak up on the Black Hills region with short-notice.
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