Best Hiking Trails Near Rapid City, SD

Best Hiking Trails Near Rapid City, SD

Enjoy the great outdoors in South Dakota when you go hiking near the Black Hills. When you stay at Rapid City / Black Hills KOA Holiday, you have many opportunities to try the different paths near the campground. Learn about some of the best trails you can try near the city, whether you are a beginner or an expert hiker. 

Top 5 Black Hills and Rapid City Hiking Trails

Outdoor enthusiasts will love the various hiking trails near Rapid City. Here are some of the best paths you can hike in the area:

1. Buzzards Roost

Consider visiting Buzzards Roost when you want an easy Rapid City hiking trail. The almost 3-mile loop has a steady incline at the beginning, but once you get through it, you can enjoy the views of the Black Hills National Forest. The trail is pet-friendly and easy enough for people of all hiking skill levels.

2. Stratobowl Rim Trail

Take a stroll down the Stratobowl Rim Trail when you want to experience one of the best hiking spots in Rapid City. The less than 2-mile out-and-back trail is an easy route for people who want a short walk with amazing views. The path is perfect for people of all ages.

3. Devil's Bathtub 

Enjoy hiking through a limestone corridor when you embark on a moderately difficult trail like Devil's Bathtub. The approximately 1.5-mile out-and-back path consists of several water crossings, boulder crawling and some steep scrambles. The smooth, slippery rocks you will have to cross make the journey more complex.

Once you get to the trail's end, you can enjoy cooling down in the pools of clear water before hiking back to your starting point.

4. Crow Peak

If you want to experience hiking near the Black Hills, you can try the moderately difficult Crow Peak Trail. You will get a workout with the approximately 6-mile round trip. The out-and-back trail has a steady incline, but the clear and beautiful views make the journey worth it once you reach the summit. While walking, be mindful of other hikers as the trail is tight.

5. Sunday Gulch

If you are an experienced hiker and want a challenge, consider hiking Sunday Gulch at Custer State Park. The trail is one of the best hiking trails in the Black Hills for expert hikers who want to try something new.

The 3.9-mile loop trail has varying difficulty levels, from rocky descents and leisurely strolls to uphill climbs and boulder scrambling. If you are uninterested in climbing up the rocks, you can hike counterclockwise to walk down the canyons instead.

Stay With Rapid City / Black Hills KOA Holiday

When you need a place to rest and recuperate after a long day of hiking, come to Rapid City / Black Hills KOA Holiday. Our campground has plenty of campsites, whether you want to stay in a cabin, your RV or a tent.

Start planning your next hiking trip in Rapid City by reserving your campsite at our KOA Campground today!

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