Sometimes you just want to get outside and enjoy nature without committing to hours of trudging through the woods. This spot near Custer is perfect for those kinds of days. It is, in fact, one of the best hikes in South Dakota.

Here’s why the Sylvan Lake Shore Trail should be your next quick and easy hike in South Dakota.

Do you agree that this is one of the best hikes in South Dakota? Let us know in the comments! To learn more about the Sylvan Lake Shore Trail, including detailed directions, check out the trail’s AllTrails listing here.

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Best Hikes In South Dakota

Are there any kid-friendly hikes in South Dakota?

Any kid who gets to visit and to explore South Dakota is pretty darn lucky. Those who are fortunate to grow up here? Jackpot! One of the best ways to while away the time in our beautiful state is to go on a leisurely hike. Fortunately, we don’t have a shortage of easy hikes in South Dakota the entire family will love. For gorgeous views and a fun history lesson, follow the half-mile Presidential Trail at Mount Rushmore. It’s a picture-perfect way to spend a relaxing hour or two. If the whole gang’s up for a bit of a longer trek, follow the 2.1-mile out and back trail to Roughlock Falls. The trail meanders through the Black Hills National Forest and features an overlook right at the waterfall. It’s kid-friendly, easy, and dripping with natural beauty. Bring your binoculars along for a bit of birdwatching if you decide to take the Spring Creek Loop Trail. It tallies 4.2 miles and the best part about it? That fresh mountain air.

Where can I find scenic hikes in South Dakota?

We can all probably agree that South Dakota has, hands down, some of the most gorgeous scenery in the United States, maybe even the world. There’s no better way to admire that natural beauty than on one of many of South Dakota’s scenic trails. If you prefer short and sweet, you can’t get much shorter or sweeter than the half mile Devil’s Gulch Trail, which leads to a picturesque canyon. (You really don’t want to forget your camera on this trail.) For those who enjoy a good ghost tale or two – and maybe the chance to experience the paranormal – look no further than the Travel of the Spirits, a shady trail that’s said to be haunted. On those hot summer days, you can’t go wrong taking the short stroll to Cascade Falls, a delightfully cool and popular waterfall and swimming hole.

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