Here’s the Best Hike in Each National Park in the Dakotas
North and South Dakota are home to a total of three national parks. With summertime rapidly approaching, the parks offer one-of-a-kind amenities and beauty that simply can't be missed.
A recent article from Outside Online chronicled the best hike in every national park across the country, including the three that call the Dakotas home.
We'll start up North by visiting North Dakota's only National Park:
The Hike: Maah Daah Hey Trail
The 144-mile Maah Daah Hey Trail, which cuts through the heart of the Badlands, is the longest singletrack mountain-biking route in the country. And it’s great for hiking, too. You’ll go through three units of the park, including the remote Elkhorn Ranch, where Theodore Roosevelt had a cabin, and the Little Missouri National Grasslands. Expect solitude among swaying prairie grass and forests of juniper trees.
Now for a look at the pair of South Dakota National Parks and the best hikes according to Outside online:
The Hike: Rankin Ridge Fire Tower
Wind Cave, nestled underneath the Black Hills of South Dakota, is one of the most complex cave systems in the world. But up above, miles of hiking trails zigzag across the prairie and hills. Trek to Rankin Ridge, the highest point in the park, where you’ll find the Rankin Ridge Fire Tower. At only one mile round-trip, this one is accessible for all skill levels.
The Hike: Notch Trail
An easy 1.5-mile round-trip, this trail tours the best of the Badlands’ otherworldly assortment of eroded rock and clay, splashed with a brilliant array of red, white, and black. Ascend a log ladder to a bird’s-eye view of the rugged terrain and distant prairie of White River Valley.
The time is now for planning your summer excursions and adventures. Get out and enjoy the National Parks in your area!
Source: Outside Online
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