Centennial Trail

A trail winds through prairie grasses with tree covered cliffs in the distance.
View from the Centennial Trail.

Quick Facts

Parking - Auto, Trailhead

The Centennial trail is part of a 111 mile (178 km) trail that begins in Bear Butte State Park and ends at Wind Cave. The 6 mile segment (one-way) of the Centennial trail at Wind Cave is moderately strenuous and can be accesses from SD HWY 87 or from NPS 5. Here, this trail crosses through prairies, ponderosa forests, and winds along Beaver Creek. 

Over night, backcountry camping is allowed in the northern areas of the park with a free backcountry permit. Please visit the visitor center to pick up your permit. More information can be found on our website. 

Trail Safety
Hiking off trail is permitted. Watch out for wildlife.

Bison and other wildlife are dangerous and unpredictable. Do not approach. 

Carry and drink plenty of water. There is no drinking water on this trail. 

Check the weather forecast before you hike. Bring extra layers.  

Wind Cave National Park

Last updated: March 5, 2022