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Top Trails For Family Hiking

One does not come to the Rapid City and Black Hills area with out partaking in some sort of outdoor activity. And what better way to immerse yourself in the beauty of the area than with a hike that’s fun for all ages. Plus, it’s good for you! So here’s to being healthy and outdoorsy all while making memories on these five family friendly hikes!

Cathedral Spires Trail
1.6 Mile Out and Back | Rated Moderate

Surround yourself in the granite spires of Custer State Park with a hiking excursion at Cathedral Spires. Driving through these unreal spires is one thing, getting out and walking among them is truly breathtaking. It will be a hike the whole family will love!

M Hill
Multiple Trail Options | Ranges in Difficulty

Without even leaving town you can explore the awesome hiking paths of M Hill. This forested escape just five minutes from downtown offers over 12 miles of hiking trails ranging in difficulty with some walking paths that are perfect for families. Plus, once at the top you’ll witness excellent views of the city and the Black Hills.

Stratobowl Rim Trail
1.7 Mile Out and Back | Rated Easy

Take an easy and leisurely stroll to the opening of the Stratobowl! Just a quick 15 minute drive from Rapid City, this historical location offers beautiful scenery and a stunning overlook. While you’re there you can also read about the history of the location.

Osprey Trail at Pactola
2.8 Mile Loop | Rated Easy

What’s better than the fresh smell of ponderosa pines and the sparkling waters of the gorgeous Pactola Reservoir? That’s what Osprey Trail provides for you and your family. This beautiful hike offers a number of scenic spots perfect for a family picnic and multiple spots to cool your toes off in the water.

Willow Creek Trail
2.5 Mile Loop | Rated Easy

Something a little more secluded that still offers an easy hike and great scenery is Willow Creek Trail. This trail walks you along a peaceful creek and opens into a small waterfall all the while giving you stunning views of the surrounding Black Hills to enjoy.

Pick one or tackle them all with your family while you’re on vacation. You won’t be disappointed with the views and memories you’ll make along the way!

Meet the Author

Kelsy Koerlin

Raised in Rapid City and lucky to call it home, this outdoor enthusiast loves to explore the Black Hills with her two dogs and fiancé. When she’s not at work you’ll find her out hiking, at a local ice cream shop, or perhaps home taking a nap.

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Raised in Rapid City and lucky to call it home, this outdoor enthusiast loves to explore the Black Hills with her two dogs and fiancé. When she’s not at work you’ll find her out hiking, at a local ice cream shop, or perhaps home taking a nap.

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