Ah…summer! You just can’t beat summer in South Dakota – BBQ every weekend, and we all hike and swim as much as possible! While today’s post does not give recommendations on what to grill, we do have some suggestions on where to hike and swim, which can be knocked out at the same time via this refreshing hike that will lead you straight to Hippie Hole in South Dakota.

Have you had a chance to hike to the Hippie Hole in South Dakota? Which trail do you prefer? Do you have another favorite South Dakota swimming hole hike? Let us know in the comments! For even more refreshing places to swim in the Mount Rushmore State, check out one (or all) of these 12 Little Known Swimming Spots In South Dakota That Will Make Your Summer Awesome.

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What is there to do at Black Hills National Forest?

We have so many gems in South Dakota that we could spend years exploring them all. However, we’d all likely agree that Black Hills National Forest might be one of our most treasured natural wonders. The gorgeous forest spans more than one-million acres in South Dakota and Wyoming, and we have quite a few ways to explore this expansive gem – from hiking and biking to kayaking and horseback riding. If you’re a fan of hiking, you’ll find some of the best hikes in South Dakota at Black Hills National Forest. Slip on your favorite hiking shoes for a journey along the breathtaking Flume Trail. It’s a long one, clocking in at nearly 12.5 miles, but it definitely won’t feel that long. The trail follows a former mining flume, so you never know what gems you’ll run across. You’ll even pass through a tunnel.

South Dakota is known for its natural landscape. When you set off on the Cathedral Spires Trail, you’ll journey to these unique rock formations. The trail is just over 1.5 miles and boasts a ton of photo-worthy moments. If you’re just visiting South Dakota, you must take the Presidential Trail. At just a half-mile, it leads you through Mount Rushmore National Memorial, allowing you to get up-close to the presidents.

Are there many swimming holes in South Dakota?

While Hippie Hole in South Dakota is an absolute must visit, you’ll find quite a few other swimming holes in the state, too. One of the best hidden swimming holes in South Dakota is tucked in Hot Springs. Near the Cascade Falls Picnic Area, the swimming hole is hidden from the road, offering plenty of privacy as you cool off. Next time you’re near Rapid City on a simmering summer day in South Dakota, stop by Sheridan Lake. It boasts 7.5 miles of shoreline, so you’ll have no trouble finding a quiet spot to relax.

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