Hinterwood Inn & Cabins
An unforgettable Black Hills experience...
Hinterwood is nestled in a quiet valley in the Black Hills of South Dakota and is centrally located to all the nearby attractions, including a 7.3 mile drive to the Mt. Rushmore National Monument. Formerly a bed & breakfast, the 5,000+ sq. ft. lodge has been remodeled into separate family rental units, with character to reflect the area and a cabin-like experience.
The Hinterwood property encompasses nearly 20 acres of a peaceful valley bordered by Black Hills National Forest to the North and East. Guests can walk right out their front door for a beautiful hike on public lands. Among other trails and Forest Service roads to walk, you will have quick access to the noteworthy Centennial Trail, which is a 111-mile hiking trail that stretches through the Black Hills from Bear Butte to Wind Cave. The Centennial Trail will also lead you to Horse Thief Lake for a swim after just a ~25 minute hike.
The History of The Property
The Hinterwood valley is named Leaky Valley, but affectionately referred to as “Leaky Leaky Valley” by locals, and is a historic valley. Doane Robinson, who conceived the idea for Mt. Rushmore and gained Gutzon Borglum's support, lived at the entrance of the valley. The lean-to shelter built into the rock is where Gutzon Borglum stayed on his initial visits to see the Black Hills. Gutzon Borglum went on to become the creator and sculptor of the Mt. Rushmore monument, of which you must see.
The lean-to, while recently renovated, can still be seen as you pass up the valley to get to Hinterwood, but please note, this is private property. Please enjoy it from the road as you travel up to Hinterwood, where your beautiful Black Hills vacation begins!