Where is Poet’s Table?
How do you find Poet’s Table?
What are the directions to Poet’s Table?
Poet’s Table Custer State Park
Poet’s Table Black Hills
These are all extremely popular searches in google, especially during the summer hiking season. Unfortunately, these searches and the online pages they lead you to, are not very helpful in actually finding the location of Poet’s Table. Not to burst your bubble, but this page isn’t going to directly lead you to its location either. Why, you ask? Poet’s Table is an incredibly unique location in the Black Hills and only the determined hiker and wanderer will stumble upon its location.
Several of the directions I read when searching for Poet’s Table (in no particular order): start from Little Devil’s Tower Trailhead and continue 200 paces, turn left after the footbridge, you will come to a clearing roughly the size of a gas station (huh?), follow the leaning birch tree (because there is only one fallen birch tree in Custer State Park < um, no), stay to the right of the highest peak (again, which highest peak are you referring to?), and continue along the deer trail.
Reasons why these directions make finding the location of Poet’s Table quite the adventure? There are actually 3 “trailheads” for Little Devil’s Tower trail, one from Sylvan Lake parking area, one from a second parking area about a mile from Sylvan Lake, and a third at the Little Devil’s Tower Spur Trail turnoff. So, 200 paces from what trailhead? There is a footbridge, many, actually, and the trail has long since been moved from this particular bridge. What gas station are you referring to? The one in the Safeway parking lot or the Iowa 80? A lone leaning tree? Storm Atlas ravaged through the Black Hills in 2013 and delivered feet of snow. The area will forever be changed. Fallen trees are everywhere. Peaks and valleys are largely what make up Custer State Park and the Black Hills, these are part of what draw so many of us to the area every year. Deer trails are developed by deer. Deer change with the seasons, as do their trails.
The best advice I can give you if trying to find Poet’s Table? Don’t give up. The directions are probably right in front of you.
And if you are still struggling in the search, check out this read: Finding Poets Table: and Other Black Hills Gems