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Story Leads - Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten PathA journey off the beaten path promises adventure. Some of South Dakota's best kept secrets are discovered when you leave the main road.

Scenic byways wind near powerful waterfalls, through deep pine forests, and along river bluffs. Charming getaways, quirky attractions and a whole host of South Dakota hospitality awaits explorers who venture deeper. But to find these well-kept secrets, you'll have to get off the beaten path.

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Marks of History: Wild Bill Hickok’s grave at Mount Moriah

On August 2, 1876, Jack McCall shot Wild Bill Hickok in the back at the No. 10 Saloon in Deadwood, S.D. Today, Wild Bill lies to rest at Mount Moriah Cemetery on Deadwood’s historic “Boot Hill”.

Marks of History: Campsite of General Custer’s Expedition

Located two miles east of Custer is an open valley where history was made. This area served as the main base camp for General George Armstrong Custer’s expedition to find gold in the Black Hills. Their stay at the “Golden Valley,” as General Custer called it, lasted five days, the longest of any s


Favorite Things: Top Five in Custer State Park

Few truly wild places remain in this country, but 71,000-acre Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota is certainly one of them.


Black Hills Kayakers Prepare to Paddle

With winter snow giving way to spring sunshine, Black Hills streams, rivers and reservoirs are filling up. For those who participate in the growing sport of kayaking, 2009 should be a very good year.


Marks of History: Spirit Mound

In 1804, legend had it that Spirit Mound, near present day Vermillion, was inhabited by evil spirits in human form. Reportedly, these “little devils” were 18 inches high and armed with arrows.



Summer hours begin at the Falls Park Visitor Information Center (VIC) on March 30, 2009 and will continue until October 16, 2009. The VIC will be open daily from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


Belle Fourche: Center of Nation, History, Recreation

In downtown Belle Fourche there’s a monument marking the area’s distinction as the geographic center of the United States.


Marks of History: The Center of the Nation

In 1959, the geographic center of the United States of America found its home in northwestern South Dakota.

Top 10 Must-See Natural Wonders in South Dakota

While most people are familiar with the famous natural wonders of the Badlands, the Black Hills and South Dakota’s rolling prairies; here are some natural wonders that deserve more than just a passing glance.

Quirky Museums Across South Dakota

Take a driving trip through South Dakota and discover a few off-the-beaten-path museums that make you look twice.

Biking in South Dakota

South Dakota is an undiscovered gem when it comes to biking. Discover South Dakota's biking trails.

Birding in South Dakota

South Dakota’s diverse terrain, from rolling hills to sky-piercing granite peaks to lush mountain meadows and prairie marshes and lakes, is home to nearly 400 species of birds.