Leisurely Hike On The Legion Lake Shore Trail
The Legion Lake Shore Trail is an approximately one mile loop located in Custer State Park. This easy, family-friendly hike has practically no elevation change and takes you around the charming little lake of the same name. Pets are welcome on the trail as long as they are leashed.
The lake is small, but quite pretty. It’s crowning jewel is the large, unique rock formation located on one end. It’s just looks really cool. When you are not walking the shore you will find yourself meandering around sweet smelling pine trees.
One part of the trail does require a very minute amount of rock scrambling, but it is very minimal. This same area also has a small section of rocky trail to travel. Unless you have some mobility issues this section should be no problem.
It only took us 20 minutes to hike the whole trail. If you want to go for a dip there is a swimming beach. You can also fish the lake, kayak, canoe or paddleboard it. There is a lodge located on the premises that offers lodging, dining and a gift shop.
If you only have time for a couple hikes while visiting the park this is one to add to your list. It’s short, easy and fun for the whole gang. Bonus…it’s awfully pretty to look at the whole time too.
Fun Fact: The Lake is named for the American Legion Post that once leased the land.
Editor’s Note: Don’t get this trail confused with the Legion Lake Trail whose trailhead is located across the road at the campground. The sign for the Legion Lake Shore Trail even says Legion Lake Trail so it’s all a bit confusing. We didn’t do the one starting at the campground, but it’s only a mile long too and we would of if we had known about it at the time.