Ft. Pierre National Grassland and More Nearby Outdoor Attractions

Ft. Pierre National Grassland makes for an inspiring outing for the family when visiting this South Dakota locale. This United States National Grassland is located in the central part of the state, just south of the state capital, Pierre. It's a short grass prairie spanning nearly 116,000 acres. There is a lot to see and do here, with many nature excursions available for young and old. Rest your head at a Fortt Pierre inn while enjoying the natural abundance found in this wilderness. 

Ft. Pierre National Grassland
Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands
125 N Main St
Chadron, NE 69337-2167
(308) 432-0300

Ft. Pierre is part of the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands situated in central and western Nebraska and central and western South Dakota, comprising two national forests and three national grasslands. Gentle landscapes, prairie vegetation, creeks and rare birds make up this beautiful parcel of protected land known as Ft. Pierre National Grassland.

The Pierre Riverwalk/Bicycle Path
Pierre, S. Dakota 57501

Beginning at Griffin Park, this public path, adjacent to the city's marina and boat ramp, follows upriver and passes through Steamboat Park. Rent bikes or use your own to experience the city from a different vantage point.

Cow Creek Recreation Area
28229 Cow Creek Road
Fort Pierre, SD 57532
(605) 223-7722

Cow Creek Recreation Area is the ideal outdoor destination for water lovers, who can take in some fishing or boating. Camping is available if you feel like you want to rough it for a night or two, taking a break from your cozy Fort Pierre bed and breakfast. From the shoreline, enjoy majestic views of the Oahe Resevoir, which features more than 2,000 miles of shoreline great for sailing, fishing, water skiing and even diving. Go hiking, birdwatching or just relax in nature.

Capitol Building
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-5007
(605) 773-3011

The Capitol, dating to 1910, features elaborate murals, stained glass, tiles and works of art such as sculpture. Tour the stately grounds and admire the architecture and green lawns, and then take a tour inside. Visit any day of the year, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fort Pierre Chouteau
Fort Pierre, SD 57532

As the largest trading post on the upper Missouri River, Fort Pierre Chouteau was a bustling trading post in the mid-1800s. This community was home to Native Americans, trappers and traders who thrived on this port to supply them with what they needed. Visit the remains of the fort's wooden bastions and structures at this National Historic Landmark.

Dunes Golf Course
111 Fort Chouteau Road
Ft. Pierre, SD 57532

(605) 223-2525

Get out and practice your swing at Dunes Golf Course, an 18-hole course featuring a pro shop and food. This an affordable outdoor option for mom or dad, or even the kids, as there are junior rates available as well. As of January 2011, it will cost you $25 to play a round of 18 holes.