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Location: Spirit Mound Historic Prairie
State(s): South Dakota
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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.
Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Bituminous treatment
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 3%
Maximum Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 1,176
Elevation High Point: 1,246
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 2004
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsMap: South Dakota Parks Trail Map
Website: NPS Trail Information
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
SD Department of Game, Fish and Parks
28771 482nd Ave.
Canton, SD 57013
Nothing but peace
I was in Vermillion for a graduation.
Unfortunately, I could not enjoy due to a bad bout with vertigo.
My husband would ask where do you want to go? My answer was always spirit Mound.
I felt relief without medicine. So had many picnics and hikes on Spirit Mound. This Florida girl will be back.
The most peaceful relaxing place I know.
October 28, 2018
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