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“Interesting Hiking in the Badlands”
Review of Badlands Wall

Badlands Wall
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Owner description: A ridge that goes through the park, and is the site of incredible rock formations, which are being eroded, and therefore slowly change over time.
newark, delaware
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245 reviews
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“Interesting Hiking in the Badlands”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Recently visited with grandkids aged 9 and 10. After reading reviews, we decided to do the Notch Trail. We enjoyed the drive and the vistas in the park on the way to the trail. We wore sneaks which were adequate. If it were wet, I think you'd need hiking boots. The trail started out easy, then we climbed a very tall wood and chain ladder (maybe 40 rungs). I thought the top of the ladder would be the end of the trail, but we were nowhere near the end. The trail continued along narrow paths over and across some ridges which took some scouting by the adults in our group. Some places were very narrow and the trail had loose dirt and gravel so you had to hug the wall. The hike ended at a notch which gave you a view over the Badlands. We and our kids really enjoyed our hike---for us it was challenging without being overwhelming. I wouldn't try it with kids younger than 9...the kids need to be able to pay attention and listen because you could have a nasty fall if they were not cautious.

Visited June 2013
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Cartersville, Georgia
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“I've toured Badlands Nat. Park twice...”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

The scenery is amazing.

You can actually do the entire tour without getting out of your car if you're not a hiker. And hiking is fairly limited. This is really not a hiking park.

Figure on at the minimum several hours, and preferably a whole day.

The restaurant in the park at the south end of the park is actually pretty decent.

To get there simply drive 7 miles due south from Wall.

Both times I've been there I've taken tons of pictures at a very high resolution and show them to people back in Georgia on a large high resolution monitor and they're just amazed at the beautiful scenery.

The prairie dogs (technically rodents) had the plague when I was there the last time, yet they won't let anyone shoot them. Thus the ferrets that dine on prairie dogs end up dying too. Whoever runs the place should allow hunters to wipe out the destructive prairie dog population. They're easy to find. Just look for areas with no grass.

In the western part of the park, wild Buffalos freely roam, and they can be extremely dangerous to you and your car, so stay away from them.

The soft rocks erode every time it rains, so the place changes appearance over time.

I highly recommend dropping by if you're near there on I-90. You can get there from various exits on I-90, but the main entrance is Exit 110, the main Wall exit.

Visited July 2012
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Pictures won't do this justice”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

We visited the Black Hills area and decided to head over to the Badlands figuring we'd spend an hour or so in the park. Not to be - we spent the better part of a day just driving the roads, taking pictures and being stunned by the everchanging beauty of this area. We were so glad we didn't miss this while in the general vicinity. The rock formations and colors are beautiful and enjoyed seeing the contrast between the prairies and Black Hills against this awesome backdrop. So glad we didn't let this gem slip by us while in South Dakota.

Visited June 2013
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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“Striking and Unique Scenery”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

We have been to a number of National Parks with unbelievable scenery - Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Yellowstone, Arches - and the Badlands scenery ranks right up there -- beautifully rugged, like no other place. There is a approx 50 mile loop that you can drive, with stopping points along the way to take pictures, as well as to walk closer to the scenery. Many of these are paved and very accessible. The hiking in the park, as some have mentioned, is very rugged, and only for those prepared with hiking boots, etc. It is definitely worth a day trip, especially coupled with the Minute Man National site that is nearby.

Visited May 2013
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“Bring water and a sun hat”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

Hiking in the park is limited to one long trail and several shorter ones. Castle trail is the longest at 5 miles one way. The terrain is very primitive. There really is no shade. You will need sturdy shoes (saw one girl walking in flip flops. Yikes), sunglasses and sun hat and water. You can fill your own bottle at the visitors center w/o charge. The formations are absolutely beautiful. If you can, enter by the Pinnacles entrance. The drive into the park from that direction is spectacular. You will pay to enter the park but it is good for several days. Fight the urge to stop at Wall Drug. Nothing more than a tourist trap.

Visited June 2013
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