South Dakota Centennial Trail Days 0 & 1
Why did I choose the South Dakota Centennial Trail for my next thru-hike?
- I haven’t been to the state and like the idea of exploring it on foot.
- It is in easy driving distance from Colorado.
- I’ll get to see many awesome features in one trip! The Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, herds of buffalo, Crazy Horse, Bear Butte…
Day 1 of the trail
I woke early with the sun. While eating breakfast, I spotted a buffalo on a nearby hillside. As we broke down camp and packed our gear, a couple more buffalo showed up. One did a back & forth belly rubbing movement then flopped down and rolled around on his back. A couple more walked up the trail beside our camp. I’ve seen buffalo before but never camped among them. I liked the experience!
The first 1.5 miles of trail consisted of multiple wooden bridge crossings of Beaver Creek interspersed with avoiding patches of poison ivy (luckily Brendan identified the plant for us). I enjoyed the limestone cliffs along the creek and found Wind Cave to be a beautiful park. After six miles, we left it and entered Custer State Park. Most of our trail in this park has been on old roads.
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