Belle Fourche, South Dakota: Center of the Nation - 50 States

Marked with a red stake stuck into a pasture on the outskirts of town -- it's the actual center of the 50 states -- not the convenient one in town. Along the road is a hand painted sign and a small rock cairn.

Old US 85, Belle Fourche, SD
I-90 exit 10. US 85 north 24.5 miles. (13.5 miles from the intersection of US 212.) Turn left (west) onto Old Hwy 85 (a gravel road) and drive 7.8 miles until you see a large metal hay storage shed on your left. On the right you'll see a red metal post about 50 yards into a pasture, sometimes topped with an American flag. At its base is a concrete slab with the survey marker. A home-made Center of the Nation sign may or may not be hanging from the fence in front of the pasture.
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Center of the Nation Monument

There is a tourist center in Belle Fourche with a fancy marker, but the true site is out of town about 20 miles. The directions on RA site are perfect. Beautiful and simple place.

[W White, 06/15/2019]

Center of the Nation.

Center of the Nation - 50 States

Definitely worth the stop. Beautiful landscape.

[Kim, 07/27/2018]

This Center of the Nation (all 50 states) marker is in a remote location, well north of the granite monument erected in Belle Fourche for the convenience of tourists.

Center of the 50 States.

Center of the Nation - 50 States

There is a small sign on Hwy 85 indicating where to turn onto the dirt road. The pasture is quite overgrown, but there is a worn path if you look closely. We didn't see it until on our way back to the car. The flag is currently flying. So neat! Bring bug spray -- the mosquitoes are numerous!

[AKDB, 07/13/2014]


Center of the Nation - 50 States

South Dakota was our 46th state to visit as a family. The "True Center of the Nation" topped our list of places to visit on our trip last Fall. Easy to locate. Well worth the detour.

[Mark Thomas, 01/30/2014]

Center of the Nation.

Actual Center of the United States

The sign has seen better days, but is still easily read. The flag in the center of the field is also present, but since we visited just before a thunderstorm hit, we didn't go out to investigate. There is now a small rock monument in front of the sign to pose with.

[Melinda Bryan, 01/20/2012]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Abandoned Shepherds MonumentAbandoned Shepherds Monument, Belle Fourche, SD - 10 mi.
Center of the Nation MonumentCenter of the Nation Monument, Belle Fourche, SD - 21 mi.
Teddy Roosevelt Friendship TowerTeddy Roosevelt Friendship Tower, Deadwood, SD - 39 mi.
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12th Century Replica Church, Rapid City, SD - 68 mi.

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