South Dakota has been on my bucket list for quite a while, but unlike most places on my bucket list, South Dakota isn’t filled with massive peaks and alpine environments. Yet still, the wide-open spaces, lush green hillsides, and vast regions of forests to go explore in the Black Hills drew me in.
To top off the beautiful nature, the sustainable, thriving small-town culture here is something you don’t see too often and we loved spending our time off the trails enjoying cities like Spearfish, Custer, and Sturgis.
So while South Dakota surely doesn’t compare to the Tetons or the Alps, there’s something so incredibly stunning, quaint, and peaceful about the Black Hills of South Dakota.
This blog compiles the best hikes we experienced on our 3 week trip to South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest. If we missed one of your favorites, be sure to let us know in the comments below!