Presidential Trail, Keystone

4.7
#1 of 16 in Trails in South Dakota
Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
For an expansive view of the faces on Mt. Rushmore, set out on Presidential Trail, a short walk that will take you to the base of the mountain. The trail is an easy-to-moderate, 800 m (0.5 mi) boardwalk track with signs along the way that offer information about presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln. An information hut features material about Danish-American sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his son, who sculpted the 18 m (60 ft) heads of the presidents between 1927 and 1941. As you stroll along the boardwalk, you will get views of presidents from a number of angles. In addition to looking up, be sure to take some time to look all around for a glimpse of some local wildlife. Put Presidential Trail at the forefront of your travel plans using our Keystone road trip planning site.
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  • I would definitely walk the short Presidential Trail when visiting Mount Rushmore. It takes you just below the sculpture and adds a bit more to your visit. Be prepared for a lot of steps especially...  more »
  • This paved trail takes you right below the sculptures. Really neat view and to be able to get that close to the monument. You pass the Sculptor’s workshop too. Plenty of stairs, so it was a good walk....  more »

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