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Notch Trail

Badlands National Park, SD
+1 605-433-5361
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Fun and worthwhile short hike on a popular trail

The notch trail is a fun and short hike (probably only 20 mins each way) to some great lookouts... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brady D
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Dallas, Texas
Can’t be afraid of heights

Did this trail in the early morning. There is a log ladder to climb. My husband and I are in our... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Karen B
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Bradfordwoods, PA
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Scenic hiking trail that takes about an hour.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good26%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“log ladder” (40 reviews)
“fun hike” (19 reviews)
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Badlands National Park, SD
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+1 605-433-5361
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"afraid of heights"
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"fun hike"
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"short hike"
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"coming down"
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"the cliff"
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"bring water"
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"sturdy shoes"
in 6 reviews
"favorite hike"
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"drop offs"
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"hiking boots"
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"a lot of fun"
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"miles round trip"
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"gets hot"
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"moderate hike"
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"loose gravel"
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"be careful"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The notch trail is a fun and short hike (probably only 20 mins each way) to some great lookouts. The trail is popular and you’ll see many other people when doing this one so I would plan this as a quick stop rather than any...More

2  Thank Brady D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did this trail in the early morning. There is a log ladder to climb. My husband and I are in our 60’s in decent. The hike wasn’t too strenuous. Wear hiking shoes!

1  Thank Karen B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hike has it all in the Badlands. It took about an hour with extra exploring off the trail. Once you climb the ladder, you'll want to watch the signs, because you are high on a cliff. It ends with a great view of the...More

2  Thank travelingal31
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a 1.25 mile round trip hike that ends up with a really good view of the park to the south. The view is not all that different from others in the park. The only hard part is going up and mostly down the wood/log...More

Thank FifiBojangles
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I Was very nervous about this trail especially the ladder But it really wasn’t that bad. Going up was easier then going down. The views were amazing. I’m glad I did it

1  Thank Karin C
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Visiting the Badlands is like visiting another planet. We did the drive over from Keystone, which was a couple of hours but worth it. Notch Trail is short but takes you far enough in that you get a good view of the formations, makeup and...More

2  Thank bjm1271
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Notch Trail is near the northeast entrance so we hiked it in the morning before the June temperatures climbed. The trail is easy to find as it is marked by a sign at the end of a parking lot. For us, the sign made the...More

1  Thank Tricia or Paul B
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

This trail at 1-1/2 miles round trip is an excellent trail to experience the Badlands up close and personal. Four of us hiked this moderate trail with some elevation gain and a log ladder to climb up and back down on the return trip. This...More

4  Thank TheSimpleTraveler
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

The visitor's guide will tell you that the Notch Trail is strenuous and not for those who have a fear of heights. So...I'm an overweight asthmatic with a mild fear of heights. I saw a picture of the ladder I needed to climb and was...More

1  Thank Sally1382
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

The information provided by the park about this hike suggests that it will take at least 90 minutes and is strenuous. With the exception of the log and cable ladder, it was a moderate hike at worst, and we did it round-trip with lots of...More

2  Thank Teresita_Herndon_VA
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