With A Stone Staircase And Antique Fire Tower, The Little-Known Rankin Ridge Trail In South Dakota Is Unexpectedly Magical
Are you looking for a South Dakota hike that is – dare we say – downright magical? Yes, such a unicorn of a trail exists, and it even contains a beautiful stone staircase AND an antique fire tower! Where can one find this trail? Follow us as we explore South Dakota’s Rankin Ridge Trail:
Located within the stunning Wind Cave National Park, the Rankin Ridge Trail is a short and sweet 1-mile trek chock full of surprises!
Like most Wind Cave National Park trails, Rankin Ridge features a pristine Black Hills landscape complete with gigantic trees, ample wildlife, and jaw-dropping views.
However, unlike most Wind Cave National Park Trails, Rankin Ridge climbs a beautiful stone staircase and leads to the old Rankin Ridge Fire Tower.
While most fire towers like this are a thing of the past (thanks to airplanes and other advanced technology), Rankin Ridge is still used occasionally during extreme fire danger or following intense electrical storms.
Please note: The Rankin Ridge Fire Tower is not open to the public.
To learn more about Wind Cave National Park, the Rankin Ridge Trail, and other can't-miss hikes, please visit the National Park Service's
Wind Cave National Park is open year-round. Admission to the Park and Rankin Ridge Trail is free.
The Rankin Ridge Trail can be accessed by taking Highway 87 toward Custer State Park and following signs to the Rankin Ridge Nature Trail.
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here! For even more to see and do around Wind Cave National Park, check out Here Are The 7 Best Hikes In South Dakota’s Wind Cave National Park. Address: Rankin Ridge, East Custer, SD 57730, USA