Get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of South Dakota’s nature by taking these 7 trails that are full of sights and sounds of nature that will totally immerse you. They will lead you to places you won’t soon forget, but you’ll still want to bring your camera because they are GORGEOUS. Grab some hiking gear and head to one of these 7 places.
1. Stockade Lake Trail - Custer State Park
From the ridgeline above the picturesque Stockade Lake, you can see beautiful sights like these. The trail is a one and a half mile loop that will take you along that ridge line among the ponderosa pines.
2. King and Queen Rock Trail - Palisades State Park
These gigantic rock formations rising out of the Split Rock Creek are visible from this short loop trail in the Palisades State Park. These impressive formations formed from Sioux rose quartz will leave you speechless when seen in person.
3. Sunday Gulch Trail - Custer State Park
This isn't a trail for the inexperienced. It is a three mile loop down past huge granite walls and over boulders then crosses a stream several times. You can see in the picture what sort of trail you'll be walking on, so prepare well! The experience and sights are well worth the trek and you'll remember it for a lifetime.
4. Trail of the Spirits - Sica Hollow State Park
Take a lovely stroll through the forest and over the pristine Roy Creek on the Trail of the Spirits in Sica Hollow. Be on the lookout for wild roses here - their color lights up the forest with vibrant shades of red and pink. The trail is just about half a mile long.
5. Summit Trail - Bear Butte State Park
This trail will take you up Bear Mountain, or Mato Paha, which is actually a volcano that never erupted. The view from the top of this will completely blow you away and many awesome geological formations line the trail, too, such as Chimney Rock. The trail is almost 2 miles long and only moderate in difficulty.
6. Lovers Leap Trail - Custer State Park
This three mile loop trail will take you will take you up through a ponderosa pine forest to a spot where according to legend, two Native American lovers jumped to their death. You can see distant peaks from up here, it's an amazing view.
7. Burle Bottom Trail - Union Grove State Park
Visit the beautiful Burle Creek by taking this trail in Union Grove State Park. It is just just over a mile long and tours the meandering creek going through the park. There are plenty of picnic spots along the way that give the perfect opportunity for a beautiful lunch outdoors.
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