Hiking on Black Hills and Badlands Trails
The uncrowded, natural surroundings of Western South Dakota are ideal for walking, hiking and backpacking. Black Hills National Forest and the surrounding State and National Parks offer more than 450 miles of both nature walks and bonafide hiking systems on approximately 75 different trails throughout the Black Hills. Hiking trails range in length and difficulty. Some are pay-to-play, while others are available for public use at no cost.
Among the most popular hiking trails are the gently sloping 109-mile George S. Mickelson Trail, with trailheads from Dumont to Edgemont; miles of trails within Custer State Park; various trails within Badlands National Park; and the 111-mile Centennial Trail, which crosses the prairie grasslands near Bear Butte State Park and climbs into the Black Hills high country, skirting lakes and streams until it reaches Wind Cave National Park near Hot Springs. Harney Peak is accessible from several directions, and trails to the 7,242 summit range from easy to difficult.
Other popular hiking destinations include Hell Canyon near Custer; Sundance Trails near Sundance, Wyo.; Deerfield Trail in the central hills; Flume Trail near Sheridan Lake and the Black Elk Wilderness area.
Guided hikes are available through Black Hills Adventure Tours. Also, if you are looking for some local hiking tips news and more visit or join the Black Hills Hiking Group.or the Black Hills Hiking Myspace.
You can also research the trails by using the South Dakota Hiking Trail Finder.