Best South Dakota Hiking Trails

South Dakota has 10 hikes.

  October 16, 2018

Located in the US, the hiking in South Dakota offers more than a half-dozen beautiful hikes and backpacking trails. The best South Dakota hiking based on popularity are considered to be Badlands National Park, Centennial Trail, Sundance Trail System, Mickelson Trail, and Norbeck - Grizzly Creek Loop. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a South Dakota hiking trail below.

Where Can I Hike In South Dakota?


Badlands National Park

Near Wall, the 64,250-acre Sage Creek Unit of Badlands National Park is home to one of the best treks. The best trailhead parking is located at the Sage Creek primitive campground. When on trail, start by striking out for the Wall, which is an assortment of steep, crumbling ridges about seven miles away. There are no set trails--bison paths are your surest guides.  MORE INFO

Sundance Trail System

Near Rapid City in the Black Hills National Forest, the Sundance Trail System is a partly non-motorized 50.3 miles trail system weaves through the network of densely-forested canyons and winding open ridges that form the Bearlodge Mountains. Along the way, the hiking trail passes through pine, aspen, and oak woodlands. From some ridge tops, you can see such sites as the Route of the Custer Expedition, Devils Tower, and the Twin Missouri Buttes.  MORE INFO

Mickelson Trail

Near Rapid City in the Black Hills National Forest, the George S Mickelson Trail is a 114 mile hiking trek through majestic pine covered forests past jagged cliffs on an abandoned rail grade. This wide multi-use trail has a crushed limestone surface. There are 13 major trailheads.  MORE INFO

Deerfield Trail

Near Rochford in the Black Hills National Forest, the Deerfield Trail is a 28 mile non-motorized trail complex connects the Deerfield recreation area with the rest of the Black Hills. Eight trailheads provide convenient access at intervals of one to nine miles.  MORE INFO

Little Spearfish / Rimrock Trails

Near Lead in the Black Hills National Forest, the Little Spearfish / Rimrock Trail System consists of two loops open to hiking. The Little Spearfish Trail Loop is 5.9 miles. The Rimrock Trail Loop is 6.3 miles.  MORE INFO

Old Baldy Trail

Near Lead in the Black Hills National Forest, the Old Baldy Trail is a 5.7 mile hiking loop with a 0.7 mile spur trail to the summit. The Old Baldy Trail loop meanders through stands of quaking aspen, paper birch, and ponderosa pine. From the loop, the spur trail continues up to the summit of Old Baldy Mountain. The view from the top of Old Baldy Mountain includes Crow Peak to the north, Ragged Top and Terry Peak to the east, and Cement Ridge Lookout to the west.  MORE INFO

Eagle Cliff Trails

Southwest of Spearfish in the Black Hills National Forest, the Eagle Cliff Trails is a hiking network of 21 trails totaling over 27 miles. The Eagle Cliff Trails were developed by local skiing enthusiasts in the mid 1980's. This trail system became popular among other recreationists because of the opportunity to create your own adventure.  MORE INFO