Badlands National Park In South Dakota Was Named One Of The 25 Most Beautiful Places In The World

If you hail from the Mount Rushmore State or have ever had the pleasure of visiting, you already know that South Dakota is one of the most beautiful places in the world, so when national publications take note, we cannot help but share! In this case, it is our gorgeous Badlands getting the much-deserved attention, as they have been named one of the 25 most beautiful places in the world, and we think the best national park to visit in South Dakota.

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Address: Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA
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National Park to Visit in South Dakota

March 19, 2022

Best parks in South Dakota

Everyone knows about Badlands National Park, but there are some incredible state parks found in South Dakota as well. Palisades State Park has is a great place to explore the towering cliffs over Split Rock Creek. 

Hiking trails in South Dakota

Many people forget South Dakota when they are thinking of the states with the best hikes in the United States. However, it would be a mistake to overlook South Dakota, as it is home to some wonderful hiking trails that you just have to check out.

Notch Trail

Notch Trail tops our list and is located in the Badlands National Park. This 1.5 mile hike will take you through the canyons of the badlands. However, don’t be mistaken by its short distance. This hike has a long staircase, which can make this short hike more difficult than it first appears. However, don’t let this deter you, as this unique hike will bring you to some awesome views you will not want to miss.

Black Elk Peak Loop

Black Elk Peak Loop is a bit of a longer hike, clocking in at just over 7 miles. However, this popular hike located in Custer State Park will take you around Little Devil’s Tower, all the way to the Granite Towers and the Summit and Historic Fire Lookout. For great views of South Dakota’s unique rock formations and the surrounding forest, Black Elk Peak Loop is the hike for you.

Cathedral Spires Trail

The Cathedral Spires Trail is another favorite located in Custer State Park but is much shorter than the Black Elk Peak Loop. At only 1.6 miles, this hike is great for a quick stretch of the legs and gives you views of the towering Cathedral Spires rising out of the forest floor.

Address: Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA