GUIDE For Custer State Park

Many travelers flock to South Dakota to marvel at Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park.

If you love scenic drives, rewarding hikes, and unique wildlife, add Custer State Park to your South Dakota plans.

With lakes, forests, mountains, and grasslands, Custer State Park offers many excellent hiking trails

The easy 1-mile loop takes you around Sylvan Lake.

Sylvan Lake Shore Trail

The moderate 1.2-mile loop snakes through forests of pines and hardwood trees and along rocky hillsides.

Badger Clark Trail

1.5 miles each way with rock scrambling up cliffs to the panoramic views of a breathtaking summit.

Little Devils Tower Trail

1.5 miles each way, you will trek through the forest to a cathedral of soaring granite spires and unique rock formations.

Cathedral Spires Trail

Approximately 3.3 miles one way and is rated strenuous. The highest peak east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States.

Black Elk Peak Trail

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