Explore Black Hills Wilderness

New Trails Await

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.

Learn More

Cathedral Spires Trail (1.5 miles one-way):

Trek through ponderosa pines on this moderate to strenuous trail.

Learn More

George S. Mickelson Trail (109 miles):

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

Learn More

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

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

Learn More

Mount Rushmore to Horse Thief Lake (3 miles):

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

Learn More

Prairie Trail (3-mile loop):

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

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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

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

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Play in Custer, South Dakota.

More Outdoor Recreation

Real visitors. Real experiences. Share yours.


Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Sign Up