I’ve called the Black Hills home for more than thirty years, but it still feels like a brand new adventure every time I get a chance to get out and explore the area. Most recently I am able to re-explore the area as a mom to a four year old spitfire. It seems like we are always finding something new and exciting. My daughter loves an adventure. She loves being outdoors. She loves to hike.
The Black Hills offers so many great hikes and many are just the right fit for kids. We recently discovered the Serenity Trail, located in the Black Hills of Wyoming just north of Newcastle. This is a newly developed trail consisting of a two-mile and a four-mile loop. Being just five minutes outside of town the trail has become very popular with locals.
Hiking with a toddler, I chose the two-mile loop. We found ourselves hiking through prairie areas at times and through the woods. The hills made the hike a little challenging but since my daughter likes to dawdle along it was very enjoyable. We found areas with spectacular views of the Black Hills and Wyoming landscape. We found three different types of mushrooms, cactus, wildflowers and several species of bugs. The highlight was a tree that was charred black from a lightning strike. Along the way several educational signs line the path with information about wildlife, habitat and ecosystems. Sandstone rocks mark the area where the two- and four-mile loops meet up. At the intersection there were log benches and two rocks tables perfect for a pit stop. My favorite part was the large sign with The Serenity Prayer etched into it.
I’ve come to love hiking with my daughter. I find myself going at a slower pace and it helps me appreciate all of the little things that make the Black Hills truly amazing. It feels like I am experiencing the area for the first time. The Serenity Trial hike is one of our new favorites. It’s one of those areas in the region that is still a hidden gem that you will surly enjoy. To get there take highway 85 north of Newcastle, Wyoming. Also check out their Facebook page by clicking here.