12 Scenic Trails To Explore In South Dakota, One For Each Month Of The Year

When you live in (or are visiting) South Dakota, it can be hard to figure out what to add to your bucket list, especially when there are so many incredible things to see and do. Never fear, your friends at Only in South Dakota are here, this time with a list of 12 can’t-miss SoDak trails. Here are 12 scenic trails in South Dakota, one for each month of the year.

 

What are your favorite scenic trails in South Dakota? Let us know in the comments! For even more must-take hikes, check out The 10 Gorgeous Hikes Everyone In South Dakota Must Complete.

Address: Black Elk Peak, Mount Rushmore UT, SD 57751, USA
Address: Mount Roosevelt Road, Mt Roosevelt Rd, South Dakota, USA
Address: East Falls Park Drive, E Falls Park Dr, Sioux Falls, SD, USA
Address: Roughlock Falls, South Lawrence, SD, USA
Address: Notch Trail, Interior Township, SD 57750, USA
Address: Cascade Falls, Northeast Fall River, SD 57747, USA
Address: Sica Hollow Road, Sica Hollow Rd, Red Iron Lake Township, SD, USA
Address: Sunday Gulch, West Pennington, SD 57730, USA
Address: Devil's Gulch Park Road, Devil's Gulch Park Rd, Garretson, SD 57030, USA
Address: George S. Mickelson Trail, Deadwood, SD, USA
Address: Good Earth State Park Visitor Center, 26924 480th Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57108, USA
Address: Mount Rushmore, Mt Rushmore, Mount Rushmore UT, SD 57751, USA
Address: Sica Hollow State Park, 44950 Park Road, Sisseton, SD 57260, USA
Address: Black Elk Peak, Mount Rushmore UT, SD 57751, USA
Address: Good Earth State Park Visitor Center, 26924 480th Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57108, USA
Address: Devils Gulch, Garretson, SD 57030, USA
Address: Notch Trail, Interior Township, SD 57750, USA
Address: Presidential Trail, Mount Rushmore UT, SD 57751, USA
Address: Sunday Gulch, West Pennington, SD 57730, USA
Address: Cascade Falls, Northeast Fall River, SD 57747, USA
Address: Roughlock Falls, South Lawrence, SD 57754, USA
Address: East Falls Park Drive, E Falls Park Dr, Sioux Falls, SD, USA
Address: Mount Roosevelt Road, Mt Roosevelt Rd, South Dakota, USA
Address: George S. Mickelson Trail, Deadwood, SD, USA

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Are there any kid-friendly trails in South Dakota?

Exploring South Dakota is easy and fun for the whole family, including the kiddos. Bring the kids along on one of the many kid-friendly trails in South Dakota, including:

  • Follow the half-mile Presidential Trail at Mount Rushmore, a fun and beautiful South Dakota trail that will give you an up-close view of the presidents.
  • Kiddos and adults love the Notch Trail because it includes a climb up a ladder.
  • Marvel at Roughlock Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in South Dakota. It sits along a picturesque 2.1-mile out-and-back trail of the same name.
  • The Wind Cave Canyon Trail wanders 3.8 miles and is teeming with wildlife – from bison to elk.
  • Explore Badlands National Park on the four-mile Medicine Root Loop Trail.

 

What are the best winter hikes in South Dakota?

While winter in South Dakota can be rough, winters are also spellbindingly beautiful. When the weather allows, stop that cabin fever in its tracks by embarking on one of the best winter hikes in South Dakota:

  • The Black Elk Trail in Custer is rather long at eight miles, but it boasts absolutely stunning views.
  • Visit Badlands National Park, home to several trails, including the quarter-mile Fossil Exhibit Trail.
  • Wait until you see the views along the Mount Roosevelt Trail Winter Route in Spearfish.

 

 

Address: Black Elk Peak, Mount Rushmore UT, SD 57751, USA
Address: Mount Roosevelt Road, Mt Roosevelt Rd, South Dakota, USA
Address: East Falls Park Drive, E Falls Park Dr, Sioux Falls, SD, USA
Address: Roughlock Falls, South Lawrence, SD, USA
Address: Notch Trail, Interior Township, SD 57750, USA
Address: Cascade Falls, Northeast Fall River, SD 57747, USA
Address: Sica Hollow Road, Sica Hollow Rd, Red Iron Lake Township, SD, USA
Address: Sunday Gulch, West Pennington, SD 57730, USA
Address: Devil's Gulch Park Road, Devil's Gulch Park Rd, Garretson, SD 57030, USA
Address: George S. Mickelson Trail, Deadwood, SD, USA
Address: Good Earth State Park Visitor Center, 26924 480th Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57108, USA
Address: Mount Rushmore, Mt Rushmore, Mount Rushmore UT, SD 57751, USA
Address: Sica Hollow State Park, 44950 Park Road, Sisseton, SD 57260, USA
Address: Black Elk Peak, Mount Rushmore UT, SD 57751, USA
Address: Good Earth State Park Visitor Center, 26924 480th Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57108, USA
Address: Devils Gulch, Garretson, SD 57030, USA
Address: Notch Trail, Interior Township, SD 57750, USA
Address: Presidential Trail, Mount Rushmore UT, SD 57751, USA
Address: Sunday Gulch, West Pennington, SD 57730, USA
Address: Cascade Falls, Northeast Fall River, SD 57747, USA
Address: Roughlock Falls, South Lawrence, SD 57754, USA
Address: East Falls Park Drive, E Falls Park Dr, Sioux Falls, SD, USA
Address: Mount Roosevelt Road, Mt Roosevelt Rd, South Dakota, USA
Address: George S. Mickelson Trail, Deadwood, SD, USA

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