Elk Mountain Nature Trail

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MKTBE
Topeka, KS2 842 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
While waiting for the next available Wind Cave Tour, we hiked the Elk Mountain Nature Trail. It is a well-marked, moderate trail, that meanders through varying terrains and was much longer than we anticipated. We enjoyed the natural beauty of the area, including the wildlife that we occasionally caught glimpses of. We were enjoying the hike so much, we had to hustle back, so that we didn't miss the cave tour!
Written 26 July 2019
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djharts
Atlanta, GA27 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
Be prepared for grasses tickling you, animals chirping or buzzing at you as you gently trespass thru Wind Cave's areas. Perfect to get away from driving to better absorb the amazing acres.
Written 20 August 2018
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Rick M
Leonardtown, MD104 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
This was a pleasant hike with great views and considerable wildlife. We also took photos of several flowering plants.
Written 28 August 2016
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KC_travel_enthusiast
Kansas City, MO85 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
TripAdvisor has this area mislabeled...the tail wagging the dog as "Wind Cave" is a National Park. Wind Cave definitely should be visited as the cave is like no other. That said, the area above ground is part of the park and its preservation has attracted herds of bison. We stopped to watch the bison, many as close as 20 feet from our car, and they must have had 20 small calves in the herd. It was a delight to see and hear them.
Even if Wind Cave sold out of tickets (which it doesn't typically but its neighbor Jewel Cave does) - I'd go again just to see this preserved prairie and bison. It was truly amazing. The cave has an easy, moderate and strenuous tour. The only difference between moderate and strenuous is 15 minutes and 150 more stairs. I wish we'd taken the Strenuous level as Moderate wasn't bad. Our teens were not phased at all and we never needed to stop or sit and we aren't climbers. Our guide was informative and knew her cave facts!
We did not go on Elk Mountain trail and did not see anything about this when we were there. The cave's visitor center has a descent store and informative video.
Written 1 August 2016
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Hrothmir
Smyrna, GA140 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
We hiked on a half dozen of the developed trails and Wind Park - and this was by far the least impressive.

It's a short trail around a campsite - and the campsite is visible for much of the hike. One can pick up a brochure that helps one learn a little about the natural environment as one hikes.

Probably a decent option if already in the camp site, wanting a little (but not a lot of) exercise and an opportunity to learn a bit about the environment. But there are better hikes for more impressive scenery.
Written 27 July 2016
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Davis K
Phoenix, AZ2 097 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
The Elk Mountain trail is a 1.2 mile easy loop hike. The hike begins in the Elk Mountain Campground. A sign directs you to the trailhead where you can pick up a trail guide to use at the nine interpretive stops. The hike starts out with a gentle climb through the forest to a ridge line where you will walk through a grasslands area. The trail then reenters the forest as you continue your circle around the far end of the campground eventually ending near the amphitheater. If you need a restroom, you're in luck. We were told that this area is one of the best places in the to see elk. We didn't.
Written 13 July 2015
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