Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Prairie Trail" in Custer State Park

Written from Hermosa, SD   (Click on Pics to Enlarge)

Yesterday we decided to take another hike in Custer State Park.  We wanted this one to be different from the previous hike and focus on more of the prairie and grasslands of the park.

Naturally, a trail named "The Prairie Trail" seemed to fit the bill.  This trail is only a bit over 2 miles in length and the elevation change was only about 400 feet.

The trail winds its way over a creek and up and down a couple of small peaks.  The real draw of this hike, however, is the views of where the prairie meets the woodlands.

This time of the year there are many different plants in bloom.  Even a prickly pear catcus was found along one of the ridges.

      Here's a view looking east along the trail.

The streams were very small, but still flowing, although it's now mid-summer in South Dakota.

The main emphasis of the trail was to show hikers where the prairies and woodlands converge. There was a nice mixture of both here.

.....and a final picture of forests leading down to the grasses.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!


  1. That was the nicest trail hike I've never been on! :cD

  2. What a great walk ... from the posts in your blog it seems like you're enjoying your time in SD.

    1. Thanks Erin. Yes, we have enjoyed ourselves each time we come to SD. There's a lot more to see and do here than we ever would have thought when we lived in VA.