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Recommended Hikes Near Custer

Badger Clark Historic Trail (1 mile loop)

This short trail winds behind the historic cabin of South Dakota’s first poet laureate.

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Cathedral Spires Trail (1.5 miles one-way):

Trek through ponderosa pines on this moderate to strenuous trail.

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George S. Mickelson Trail (109 miles):

Hikers will find gentle slopes, low grades and over 100 converted railroad bridges on this converted railroad line.

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French Creek Nature Area (12 miles one-way):

Look for bighorn sheep along the creek where gold was first discovered in the Black Hills.

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Mount Rushmore to Horse Thief Lake (3 miles):

This one-way trail starts at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

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Prairie Trail (3-mile loop):

This loop explores a portion of the Custer State Park’s rolling prairie grasslands.

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Sylvan Lake Shore Trail (1-mile loop):

This nearly-flat trail is an easy walk that takes you around the crown jewel of Custer State Park.

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Black Elk Peak (7,242 ft. summit):

Multiple trails lead to the highest point east of the Rockies, Black Elk Peak.

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Lovers Leap Trail (3-mile loop):

Hikers who make this strenuous climb are rewarded with views of Black Elk Peak, Cathedral Spires, and Mount Coolidge.

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