South Dakota January 16, 2019
5 Picturesque Trails In South Dakota That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking
The weather outside may be its regular winter cold, but that doesn’t mean we have to stay cooped up inside until the spring thaw! If you are looking for a legitimate excuse to leave your warm house, we have just the thing, which are these five picturesque South Dakota trails that are perfect for winter hiking:
1. Black Elk Peak (Custer)
Formerly known as Harney Peak, Black Elk tops our list of the best winter hikes for a number of reasons, the most important of which is that the old fire lookout tower boasts the most amazing 360 degree views. (Please note: This hike is nearly 8 miles long and can be tricky in spots, so please use caution while hiking Black Elk!)
2. Sheridan Lake Flume Trail (Rapid City)
Normally we wouldn't include a super long hike like Sheridan Lake's Flume Trail (as it winds a whopping 13 miles!), but since hikers have the opportunity to create their own path via Flume's 3 different sections, we can make an exception! While you're hiking, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for not only ample wildlife, but several historic tunnels and caves as well.
3. Mount Roosevelt Trail Winter Route (Spearfish)
Located near Spearfish, the Mount Roosevelt Trail Winter Route actually has the word WINTER included in it, as it is best hiked between the months of October through March! Why? It is because of its pristine forest setting, birding, and winter wildlife.
4. Badlands National Park
If you thought the Badlands shone during the summer, wait until you see them capped with white snow! From the short and sweet Fossil Exhibit Trail (.25 miles) to the butt-busting Castle Trail (10 miles), the Badlands has a designated path for every hiker and every skill level.
5. Good Earth State Park at Blood Run (Sioux Falls)
One of the newest of South Dakota state parks is also one of the best places to hike! The trails around Good Earth are just as good as the earth itself (see what I did there) and not too strenuous, yet oh-so scenic.
Which SoDak winter hike is your favorite? Be sure to let us know in the comments! Discover even more of the best by clicking
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