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Distance

1.4 miles

Elevation Gain

114 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Rachael Westergard

Hike through beautiful prairie lands to the top of Spirit Mound

Spirit Mound Historic Prairie is located outside Vermillion, South Dakota and consists of a 1.4 mile hike up to the top of a prairie mound. Lewis and Clark made the trek years ago, making it a historical marker to visit and see. Beautiful wildflowers line the trail, mixed in with acres of prairie grasses. The mound may not look too far, but the gradual incline up to the top of the mound can be challenging for some. 

Along with the trail, there is a covered picnic area. It is free to access, and is well worth the drive just outside Vermillion. Bring your sunscreen, though! There isn't much tree coverage at all. 

Enjoy the view from the top! 

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Features

Fitness
Chillin
Photography
Running
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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