Centennial Trail: Wind Cave N.P. Section

  • Elk with a crooked antler in Wind Cave National Park.
  • Black-capped Chickadee in Wind Cave National Park.
  • Young Coyote relaxing in Wind Cave National Park.


Dogs No

12 (miles)


Out & Back

~1000 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

South Dakota

Centennial Trail section in Wind Cave National Park is a difficult hike that features rolling prairie hills and outstanding scenery. The park says "the southern access to the trail is on the east side of S.D. 87. The trailhead is 0.7 miles north of the junction of U.S. 385 and S.D. 87. The northern access is on NPS 5, 1.4 miles east of its junction with S.D. 87. This moderately strenuous trail is part of a 111-mile trail through the Black Hills. The trail leads hikers across prairies, through forested areas, and along Beaver Creek. The trail is marked with posts and trees bearing the Centennial Trail logo. Much of this trail is within the area of the 2012 American Elk prescribed fire. Notice how the grasses and shrubs are thriving because more sunlight is reaching the forest floor. Thinning the forest is an important part of forest ecology." Elk Mountain Campground in Wind Cave National Park is open year-round on a first come first serve basis and is the only campground in the park.

Red Tape

Entrance Free, Cave Tour and Camping Fees
Contact: Wind Cave National Park 26611 US Highway 385 Hot Springs, SD 57747

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