Hiking in South Dakota may be one of the most amazing experiences one could have.
Hiking gives you a sense of satisfaction and help you gain a clear train of thought. It is part of being able to achieve goals which you never thought you would before. Hiking is a great way to stay active as well!
When it comes to hiking in South Dakota, you will have access to lots of scenery and miles of hiking distance to keep you on the go.
One of the great places to hike is the Black Hills area. There you will have many Hike options to choose from and many of them offers thousands of feet of mountain.
Harney Peak- Highpoint of South Dakota
This is probably the most preferred granites of choice to hike due to the historic stone firetower and the amazing yet unique geological area. Harney Peak – Highpoint of South Dakota – stands at an all-time high of 7,242 feet and located directly in the Black Hills of South Dakota. If you are interested in hiking in this beautiful area and are planning to drive on the highway to the trailhead, you must know that there is a $5 fee. However, there are no fees to park but it is mandatory to register for the climb.
Custer State Park
Another great hike that offers delightful scenery of a lake half way around is composed of 71,000 acres. What makes the scenery so elegant is the fact that you can see rocks dropping right into it. While there you may even run into a few wild animals such as Bison, antelopes, mountain goats, big horn sheep, elk and more but don’t fret because these animals are only welcoming it visitors to their amazingly unique way of life.
Hikers will also experience a breath taking scenery of a dam with a bridge atop.
Custer State Park doesn’t require hikers to pay for a license/ day pass which is a plus if you are really on a budget and want to pass time while enabling yourself to clear your mind.
Saddle Pass Trail, Badlands National Park
Saddle Pass Trail is one of the shortest trails in the area. It offers fantastic views of the remaining examples of the shortgrass prairie which once covered the Western United States Great Plains. According to history, the eroded and rugged pinnacles led the Native Americans and the Europeans explorers to describe them as the “badlands”. Saddle Pass Trail is a great place to hike especially if you love to visit historical places.
Badger Clark Historic Trail
Once the home to a poet named Badger Clark, this is one of the most family oriented hiking places you will ever visit. If you are your family decide to go hiking at Badger Clark Historic Trail, you will have the opportunity to visit the historic cabin that belonged to Badger and learn some of the poets way of living when he was alive. You will also find interested in the way the trail moves thought the pine and hardwood forest along the rocky hillsides. What makes this interesting is that a portion of the rock lined trail was built by the poet!