Wind Cave NP Lookout Point Trail

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2.8 (miles)



~400 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

South Dakota

Lookout Point Trail is an easy kid friendly hike in Wind Cave National Park that offers hikers wonderful scenery. The park says "the trail begins at the Centennial Trailhead on the east side of Hwy 87. The trailhead is 0.7 miles north of its junction with Hwy 385. This mildly strenuous trail follows the rolling hills of the prairie, traverses Lookout Point and ends at Beaver Creek. Take a side trip up Lookout Point to see views of the 1986 prescribed fire. This trail can also be combined with part of Trail 7, Highland Creek Trail, and Trail 6, Centennial Trail, to create a 4.5 mile loop that begins and ends at the Centennial Trailhead." 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.

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

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