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Address: Hwy. 19, Vermillion, SD
Phone Number: 605-987-2263
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A Fun Historical Hike

We loved our little hike up Spirit Mound. I liked reading the history of it and it was cool to know that we were walking some place that is well documented as a place that Lewis... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 30, 2015
Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We loved our little hike up Spirit Mound. I liked reading the history of it and it was cool to know that we were walking some place that is well documented as a place that Lewis and Clark had visited. The natural landscape was soothing and refreshing.

1 Thank nattyjay99
DuBois, PA, United States
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51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Well maintained trail to the top of spirit mound. Signs along the way explained the prairie plants and history of the mound. Nice view from the top. Not crowded. We were the only group for most of our time and were able to let our dogs run.

1 Thank Bob S
Greenville, South Carolina
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Stopped by here on a drive from Yankton to Omaha. Entire hike took about an hour. Views are decent from the top. Vegetation along the path is identified pretty well, and interpretive signage along the way up is interesting as well.

1 Thank Bill N
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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81 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Spirit Mound has a great history to it, partially because of the Native American history to it, and partially because of the Lewis and Clark connection. Along the winding path to the top are sign displays explaining different things regarding the Mound, and also little signs that name the prairie grasses and flowers. It's not too difficult to hike to... More 

1 Thank LauriH44
St. Petersburg Florida
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53 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I really enjoyed Spirit Mound. I was doing the Lewis and Clark route through the central plains. This was one of the better stops. One of the few definitive spots that the Corps of Discovery visited. You're standing where they stood. Interpretive signs with along the trail are very informative. You can imagine the herds of Buffalo they witnessed from... More 

1 Thank Rick K
Omaha, Nebraska
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143 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Stopped on a very windy April 60 degree late morning. The area is well marked and taken care of. There are informational boards and pamplet holders as well as a well maintained trail to the mound. There is a restroom. This location is not handicapped accessible. The journey to the top of the mound was not steep. If one imagines... More 

1 Thank scgalinsd
Vermillion, South Dakota
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53 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

As far as local landmarks go, this one is worth visiting at least once. It has well done markers regarding the history and the geography of Spirit Mound (a Lewis & Clark stopping point), and it is a nice little walk to the top. As another reviewer stated, it is nice at sunset. We take our dogs up there on... More 

3 Thank fatzaz
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

It was fun to see after not being near Vermillion for over 35 years. Still nicely maintained. Roads are well maintained to the site. Good history spot to show children.

1 Thank Rose H
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57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

So it is a mound. Pretty at sunset. Interesting story behind it. Hard to rate. Would I tear off the freeway to see it? Probably not. If I was making a stop in town, would make this an additional one.

Thank mzplacedinphilly
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136 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We were here during a cloudy day between the rain. The walk takes about 1 hour, the distance from the parking lot is 8 tens of a mile one way. Great way to take a break while traveling. No one else was there while we were there. It must be a great place to see the vista on a clear... More 

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