The striking beauty of these hiking spots in South Dakota is unreal. We have so much to be proud of as South Dakota natives; it’s important to be reminded of the unique and stunning scenery that surrounds us. With spring just around the corner, these jaw-dropping views of South Dakota hikes are a good reminder to get outdoors and appreciate all our state has to offer.
1.Good Earth State Park
If you want to experience a slice of heaven without traveling too far from civilization, Good Earth State Park is where you need to go. With peaceful hikes and bird watching opportunities, this park has something for everyone. Not only is this a serene and scenic area, perfect for long walks, the park is also rich in culture and history. This area has served as a place where native people gathered and hosted ceremonies. Good Earth State Park is located southeast of Sioux Falls.
2. Harney Peak
The hike to the top of Harney Peak is significant for many reasons. First and foremost, it is the highest point in South Dakota and the highest point in the US East of the Rocky Mountains. It is located just a few miles Southwest of Mt. Rushmore, where you can begin your hike to the summit. You can also start the hike from Lake Sylvan among other locations. With mountain goats, porcupines and other wildlife calling this area home, you are guaranteed to have a great hike.
3. Newton Hills State Park
Located in the southeast corner of the state, Newton Hills State Park offers short to long hikes in the serenity of nature. The miles of trails in the park include horse back riding trails as well as mountain biking. There are limitless hikes and possibilities in this beloved state park. Open year round, you can experience these hikes using snow shoes and cross country skis in the winter months.
4. Spearfish Canyon
Spearfish Creek winds through this stunning gorge. With the creek running for miles, there are ample hikes to enjoy along the way. One of the highlights of these hikes is Roughlock Falls. Even in getting to these falls, there are multiple paths you can take, some easier than others. One thing is for certain, all the hikes are worth the stunning views Spearfish Canyon offers.
Have you hiked in all of these stunning spots in South Dakota? Which was your favorite and which did we miss?