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Harney Peak - South Dakota Highpoint

Custer, SD

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Sylvan Lake Harney Trail is a 7 mile out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Good Earth Grand Loop
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34 Completed 31 Reviews

This is a combination of 4 separate trails currently at Good Earth State Park. This newest park is evolving even as I write this. I began this route on the Bur Oak Trail, then connected with the Riparian Trail, then took the connector trail to River Lookout and completing it back at the parking lot. I wanted a longer hike and this was the best of all trails too. If you haven't been to this newest State Park check it out. I don't think you'll be disappointed. The vision for this cultural and historical area is grand. I can't wait to watch it unfold.

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Leaders Park Trails
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34 Completed 31 Reviews

Leaders Park has a very nice Mountain Bike area with 3 different levels of skill tracks to choose from. Easy, Moderate, and Difficult. If you like Mountain biking there is a trail for you here or if you want to try it for the first time I recommend the easy loop. Both times I've done Leaders Park I have seen deer and have been out there by myself. Located next to I-229 it's easy to get to. A big thanks to Falls Area Single Track (FAST) for making this a great trail and for maintaining it! This trail can also be used for hiking and provides a good elevation change to make it a good work out.

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Notch Trail
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21 Completed 20 Reviews

Short and fun hike in the Badlands. I definitely making this a stop on your drive through the park

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Harney Peak - South Dakota Highpoint
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21 Completed 20 Reviews

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Bur Oak Trail
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34 Completed 31 Reviews

Bur Oak Trail begins near where the new visitor center for Good Earth State park is being built not far from the gravel parking lot. It goes in a Northerly direction around an old farmstead with a barn and silo. It's a 2 wheeled dirt road for a short distance and then veers to the right where it is a mowed grass path that stays near the trees. Then it descends to the river bottom through a dense oak stand and goes past a grave marker for the first child to have died in Lincoln County. The loop begins as you reach the river bottom where it opens up to prairie grass. The loop gives some views of the Big Sioux River then steadily climbs back up to finish the loop and then back to the trail head in more of a lollipop trail style. At 2.5 miles it's a nice distance for a hike in under an hour yet not too short. Look for the 3 oaks growing in a row along the path. Good path to view wildlife late evening or early morning

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Valley of the Giants
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34 Completed 31 Reviews

This trail is mostly a heavy canopy of trees that makes for a nice hike on a hot day. It begins next to a Gazebo in the park and comes out to the asphalt bike trail that finishes the loop. Mature Oak and Giant Cottonwood trees are predominant. The trail descends to the river bottom where you get close looks at the Big Sioux.

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Prairie Vista Trail
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34 Completed 31 Reviews

This trail has big views and is a good length for a workout. The beginning goes through a disc golf course and could be a little confusing the first time through. Just head West until you get to the footbridge over the river. I hiked it counter clockwise and after you cross the foot bridge you go up and up to the top of the ridge. Big breezy views await. Prairie and few trees on this trail. Great for keeping bugs away in the breeze. Dirt trail then loops down to the Big Sioux River and then back to the trail head.

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Cactus hills Trail
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34 Completed 31 Reviews

I like this quiet trail as it is a little longer than some of the others at Great Bear if you begin from the parking lot near the lodge. There's a grassy knoll at the top of the trail. Well marked trails. There are other short connecting trails so that if you get bored you can change up your route.

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Skyline Trail
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34 Completed 31 Reviews

This trail leads up to a high point with a nice view to the West and the city of Sioux Falls. A couple of steep portions of the dirt trail make it a little more challenging than some of the others at this recreation area.

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Valley Trail
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34 Completed 31 Reviews

Very Easy short trail. Is a nice quiet trail with a very picturesque pond and footbridge. Saw wild turkeys and signs of other wildlife.

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