South Dakota January 12, 2020
7 Cool And Calming Hikes To Take In South Dakota To Help You Reflect On The Year Ahead
We are officially 1+ weeks into the new year, so we have to ask: how is it going? Are you feeling completely overwhelmed or relaxed and confident about the year ahead? Whatever your answer, we happen to believe that there is no better way to begin a year than by taking one of these 7 cool and calming South Dakota hikes that will help you reflect on the 365 days ahead:
1. Spokane (Custer County)
The walk to the ghost town of Spokane may seem a bit eerie, but we consider it to be "Auld Lang Syne" of South Dakota trails. Situated in Custer County, Spokane is a former mining town that has been abandoned since the 1940s and can only be reached by a short, 1-mile path that leads to a collection of beautifully preserved homes, businesses, and cars.
2. Sheridan Lake (Pennington County)
Arguably the best winter hike in South Dakota, Sheridan Lake is made up of 3 different paths (and a total of 13 miles) that not only go under mature trees and around the namesake lake but also pass by a few circa-1880 tunnels that you can still walk around and explore.
3. George S. Mickelson Trail (Deadwood)
Situated in the heart of the Black Hills, the George S. Mickelson Trail is one of the most iconic in all of South Dakota, not only because of its name but for the fact that it follows the same route as a railroad branch line constructed by the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad. When you visit, be sure to carve out several hours, as the Trail boasts a whopping 15 different trailheads over a 109-mile-long stretch.
4. Door Trail (Interior)
For a South Dakota hike that is as short and sweet as it is scenic, check out the beautiful Door Trail! Located within the must-see Badlands National Park, the Door Trail is a 3/4-mile-loop that showcases some of the most beautiful land formations in the region.
5. Stratobowl Rim Trail (Rapid City)
You know Rapid City for its close proximity to some of the most famous landmarks in America, but did you know that it also houses some unforgettable trails? Situated just off of Highway 16, the Stratobowl Rim Trail is a surprisingly serene hike, as the 1.7-mile out and back path leads you to some of the most breathtaking views in the midwest!
6. Good Earth State Park at Blood Run (Sioux Falls)
The next time you visit the big city, be sure to also check out its many hiking opportunities via the nearby Good Earth State Park at Blood Run! Whether you prefer a walk that is short and sweet or something a bit more grueling, you are sure to find your new favorite at Good Earth.
7. Mount Roosevelt Trail Winter Route (Spearfish)
Best hiked between the months of October and March, the Mount Roosevelt Trail Winter Route actually has the word winter in it, meaning this 3-mile loop trail is one that you should definitely check out at the beginning of the year.
Which South Dakota hike is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! For a few more of our favorite SoDak trails, click on
8 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In South Dakota Should Take. Address: Spokane, East Custer, SD 57744, USA Address: 26742-26500 Baker Park Pl, Sioux Falls, SD 57108, USA Address: Sheridan Lake, Mount Rushmore UT, SD 57702, USA Address: George S. Mickelson Trail, Deadwood, SD, USA Address: Enter The Door Trail, Interior, SD 57750, USA Address: 13600 US-16, Rapid City, SD 57702, USA
Address: Spearfish, SD, SD, USA