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Spirit Mound, Vermillion

(4.2/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
An historic hilltop for Native Americans ("Paha Wakan") and Lewis and Clark ("High Hill Situated in an emence Plain"). Also a beautiful, peaceful spot. A few miles north of Vermillion, SD, 57069.
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  • My girlfriend and I have gone here a few times in the evening. Although it is slightly harder to maneuver as it becomes darker, it is cool to be able to see the city lights from Sioux Falls, Vermillio...  more »
  • One of the many places mentioned by Lewis and Clark on their journey, we very much enjoyed the walk to the top of Spirit Mound. It is not difficult, and there are places to rest along the way if neede...  more »
  • Anyone interested in history or nature should make the trip to Spirit Mound. You can imagine Lewis and Clark on this very spot, as well as enjoy the easy 1.5 mile round trip from the parking area to t...  more »
  • Kind of cool, but really not that cool.
  • Spirit Mound is a rather prominent hill located in the middle of the flat South Dakota prairie. Visible from the Missouri River at a distance of eight miles, Lewis and Clark devoted a day to hiking there and climbing it. The summit is reached via a 3/4 mile trail that is actually a pretty easy walk. Once at the top you see nothing but flat insipid landscape dotted with farmhouses and grain bins. Yet the place is so cool. The Indians considered it a sacred place, and I can see why. Although the view is unremarkable in a logical sense, I find myself thinking about it and wanting to climb it again. It usually draws me back about once a year.
  • Untouched prairie grassland and wild flowers. Very beautiful and peaceful.