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Presidential Trail

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Hiking trail at Mount Rushmore.

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If you can handle a couple of hundred stairs you should take this hike!

I wanted to take the Presidential Trail while visiting Mt. Rushmore. If you take the entire look you will have to climb a couple of hundred stairs and may have to rest. It is... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2017
Astatula, Florida
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Astatula, Florida
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47 reviews
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

I wanted to take the Presidential Trail while visiting Mt. Rushmore. If you take the entire look you will have to climb a couple of hundred stairs and may have to rest. It is worth the hike! You get up close and personal with these four presidents and there are many super photo opportunities!

1 Thank Guitarmusicenthusias
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

A must-walk to see the presidents up close and to learn about their life. I advise to talk the walk going left, so you pass the presidents first. This way the stairs aren't that hard, because you mostly go down hill. It can be extremely hot so bring lots of water and a hat.

4 Thank Pernille H
Akron, Ohio
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14 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

great hike, really cool to see the stone that was blown out by all they dynamite. The stones have honey combed drill marks where they placed the dynamite inside. Pretty cool. Hike is average IMHO, most anyone could do it.

Thank Dan A
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

This trail takes you right too the bottom of the scree field of rocks blasted from the mountain to create the sculptures. Nice alcoves with history of the Presidents. Visited in late October so we had minimal crowds, but I can imagine it being full of people during the summer. Do it if you can!

Thank dallans2016
Boynton Beach, Florida
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402 reviews
237 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 306 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

It was short trail that brought us closer to the monument and gave us different views of the sculptures. It was a pleasant and enjoyable stroll and gave us the opportunity to appreciate the monument.

Thank Lenore R
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 29 November 2016

You have to go on the trail when you visit the memorial. Its only a half mile trail so its absolutely little kid friendly. You get some amazing views of Rushmore at different angles.

Thank Angela L
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150 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

I loved the Presidential Trail. It was more strenuous that I had expected. We went to the left since we had heard it was the easiest for my husband's bad knees. But by the time we made it all the way through, we were pooped! I don't regret it, but hubby's knees probably do!

Thank texascouple25
Bad Homburg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

In the year celebrating National Parks 100th birthday, it was mandatory to go visit the "mother" of US national monuments. I was excited to finally see the four presidents after a two day drive from Kansas (and of course the overseas trip from Germany before that). 10$ admission fee for parking the car, being valid for a whole year. (with... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Very informative and you get to see a different view than from the platform. Take elevator if you are wheelchair bound.

Thank roger1205
Westville, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016

This is a short 1/2 mile hike at the base of Mount Rushmore. There are stairs, so take your time. Very nice for families & it goes right by the restrooms.

Thank ccindyk48

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