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Presidential Trail

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Address: Keystone, SD
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Hiking trail at Mount Rushmore.

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Wonderful walk with great views

I really enjoyed this walk. It was an easy walk until the end where there were lots of stairs. It was informative and very scenic. Loved seeing the sculpture up close.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 July 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed this walk. It was an easy walk until the end where there were lots of stairs. It was informative and very scenic. Loved seeing the sculpture up close.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

The Mount Rushmore presidential Trail was super awesome spectacular views we were able to take great pictures and I recommend for everyone to take this trip we had a great great time

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Port Huron, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

I did not allow time to walk the entire thing, and I did not realize it was a loop. Do not make the mistakes I made. It does have quite a few stairs, but it is a great place to walk.

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

When walking the Presidential Trail, you really get close to Mt. Rushmore. There are many great photo opportunities here while standing "under" the presidents surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers. The walkways are excellent. There are many stairs involved, and if you can manage stairs, you shouldn't have any trouble. The trail is a loop and depending on where you... More 

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Frankfort, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Yes there are a number of stairs, but if you start on the Washington side most will be going down. There are still some near the end but there's benches if you want to take breaks and enjoy the scenery. Takes about 45 mins to an hour. If you can walk and stairs aren't a big problem you'll have no... More 

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Smyrna, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

It's a short and easy walk. Unless there is something that prevents you from walking, it would be a mistake to come here and just view the Memorial from the viewing platform. Walk the trail to see different vantage points - e.g., a single president framed by the pine trees.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

This was a fun, easy trail for our kids. Lots of interesting things to see in addition to Mount Rushmore. We loved how close we were able to get to the monument!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Great visit. We were there first thing in the morning (which was nice) not too crowded at that time. The presidents trail was very nice and well maintained!

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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This hike is not for the feint at heart, but is very interesting and a must do when visiting the monument. The stair climb back to the top at the end of the hike is strenuous, but well worth the effort to see the development of the monument.

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Walking this short trail allows the visitor to see the carvings from a closer vantage point. There are stairs, but otherwise easy to walk.

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