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Spirit Mound Summit Trail

Location Spirit Mound Historic Prairie
State(s) South Dakota
Counties Clay
Type Other
Length 0.75 Miles / 1.21 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency State
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No

 

 

Description

photo: View of the prairie from Spirit Mound Summit Trail, north of the town of Vermillion, South Dakota; photo by Fiana Shapiro
View of the prairie from Spirit Mound Summit Trail, north of the town of Vermillion, South Dakota; photo by Fiana Shapiro

Spirit Mound, or Paha Wakan, was known by many tribes before Lewis and Clark expedition came to the area. These tribes told Lewis and Clark that the mound was occupied by little people who shot any human who came near. On August 15, 1804, Lewis and Clark took eleven men and their dog to explore the mound. While they didn't find any "little people", Clark reported that they did see a "most beautiful landscape; numerous herds of buffalo were seen feeding in various directions." Historians recognize the mound as one of few remaining sites where we know with certainty that Lewis and Clark actually stood.

 

Visitor Information


Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Open 24 Hours

Directions

Not Available

 

Additional Information

Width: 60 inches.

Primary Surface: Bituminous treatment

Secondary Surface: Bituminous Treatment

Average Grade: 3%

Elevation Low Point: 1176

Elevation High Point: 1246

Year Designated: 2004

Date Last Updated: 05/29/2013

 

Contact Information


Mark Steck
SD Department of Game, Fish and Parks
28771 482nd Ave.
Canton , SD 57013
(605) 987-2263
Mark.Steck@state.sd.us
http://www.sdgf.info/parks

 

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