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Address: Badlands National Park, SD
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+1 605-433-5361

Scenic hiking trail that takes about an hour.

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The ladder makes this hike interesting

The Notch Trail is a great place for a quick hike to a beautiful view toward the town of Interior. It is not for young children or people that might be afraid of heights as you... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Rick M
West Grove, Pennsylvania
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West Grove, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Notch Trail is a great place for a quick hike to a beautiful view toward the town of Interior. It is not for young children or people that might be afraid of heights as you must climb a ladder that is connected to the face of a steep hillside(SEE PICTURES I HAVE INCLUDED). The ladder is VERY STURDY...I weigh... More 

1 Thank Rick M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this trail. It would take someone about 1 hour unless you like to explore every place you can like we do. My favorite part was a flat area deep inside the formations. You felt like you were in a different world. There were very few people on the trail which added to it. The view at the... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

As soon as you enter Badlands, there is a parking area with three easy trails: Notch, Door, and Window. That is how I would rank them. Notch is the best of them and includes a sloped ladder climb to get to the meet of the hike. After this, you will be hiking in some shallow canyons leading up to a... More 

5 Thank Chris N
McFarland, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

This is a flat hike up until the wood ladder. The ladder is not as steep as it looks until you reach the last few feet. It was 100 degrees and sunny when we were there and be warned - that ladder gets hot! The wood is hot and the metal is even hotter. But it was fun. Be careful... More 

1 Thank karenS0322
West Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

This was surely a trip of a lifetime to see everything here. You won't regret going at all and all ages of the family will enjoy everything, because it has something for everyone. So, if you are thinking of going, please don't put it off, you only have today, tomorrow is not promised!

1 Thank thegrayhair
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

Not difficult, although will need to be reasonably energetic and not afraid of heights. It's a quick and fun hike that puts you in the middle of some fascinating terrain. Enjoyed it.

2 Thank Harrison_F_Carter
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 30 October 2016

This trail was so much fun. There is a bit of exposure as you are walking along an edge, but my 10 year old did just fine. I love that you can walk anywhere in this park, it makes exploring more interesting. It's windy at the top, watch your step and have a great hike!

Thank Kim B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

During our visit to the Badlands we did the fossil trail and other exploring at some of the view points but our favorite was the Notch Trail. It is a challenging hike with little shade so bring lots of water. The log ladder is fun and our 5 and 8 year old did just fine. Once we made it to... More 

2 Thank jfun4
Tallinn, Estonia
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

Perfect hike for a short visit to the Badlands. It branched out to a Y with 2 view areas. Not crowded. Hot and dry when we hiked, looks like there is a small waterfall if it rains. The ladder was interesting, not bad if you take your time.

Thank Jocelyn5737
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

This is a must do hike if you can. The views from the top are incredible. Very cool that you get to climb a ladder in the middle of the trail. There are some difficult parts on the trail.

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