How To Complete The Custer State Park Trail Challenge
On our first day at Custer State Park we drove the wildlife loop, checked out all the visitor centers and did four of the smaller hikes. On a couple of these hikes we noticed signs for the trail challenge. I took pics of the medallions and did research that night.
The Custer State Park Trail Challenge started as a way to get more visitors to hike the trails within the park. The challenge runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day and features eight different trails each year. I know they run a summer and winter challenge each year and I believe some of the trails are different for each season.
To participate in the challenge pick up an official Trail Challenge form from the visitor center or park office and start hiking the trails listed. On each trail you will find a bronze rubbing medallion installed on the ground near a post with a Trail Challenge Sign. Once you find it collect a rubbing of the medallion on the official form. You must do this for each trail listed on the form.
Once you have finished all eight trails and collected your rubbings head to the visitor center or park office to collect your reward. Your reward, an enamel pin you can wear with pride for a task well done! We didn’t have time to do all the hikes listed, because we kinda already had an itinerary, but I did take pics of any medallions we came across.
I think this is a great little incentive to get people outside. It’s like a little scavenger hunt looking for the medallions as you hike the trails enjoying the extensive landscapes of Custer State Park. The medallions aren’t hard to find you just pass them during the hike.
We did similar events to this where we lived in Ohio for the Summit Metro Parks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and always had a blast. If you have the time and love to hike why not participate in the challenge. We didn’t know this existed when we came to visit, but now that we do next time we come through we will be taking on the challenge for sure.