This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Lead. To help you make friends with Lead before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Lead is a small, historic town surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota. This city was founded due to the discovery of gold, and you can still see some of the historic mines today. The hostels in Lead are an excellent representation of the coziness and personality of this community.
Lead is surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest, which is a large, densely-wooded area filled with natural beauty and wonders. You can reach many must-see places in under an hour’s drive from Lead. The most notable location to visit is Mount Rushmore, a national memorial with four former American president’s likenesses carved into the side of the hill. Nearby is also the Crazy Horse Memorial, a giant, still-in-process, mountainside carving of this American Indian leader. Of course, there are towns near both Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial with plenty of old-fashioned shops to purchase mementos.
To get more in touch with nature, visit Custer State Park, which, among other things, has herds of bison roaming throughout the campground. Also try to hike or horseback ride up Harney Peak, the highest natural point in South Dakota with a lookout tower at the summit. For recreational activities, there are plenty of lakes to swim in and mountains to climb. Overall, Lead and the surrounding Black Hills National Forest are a treasure for outdoor enthusiasts.
Written by local enthusiast for Lead hostelsJessica Lippe