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.
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