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Explore the best rated trails in South Dakota, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Ordway Trail (Aberdeen) and George S. Mickelson Trail. With more than 44 trails covering 275 miles you’re bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

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Length
Surfaces
Type

Chamberlain Walking Path

1.6 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Custer State Park Spur

3.2 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Dakota Dunes Trail

2.8 mi
State: SD
Asphalt, Concrete

Dry Run Creek Trail

1.07 mi
State: SD
Asphalt, Concrete

George S. Mickelson Trail

112 mi
State: SD
Crushed Stone

Homestake Railroad Grade Trail

3.5 mi
State: SD
Dirt

Leonard Swanson Memorial Pathway

8.2 mi
State: SD
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

Lewis and Clark Lake Trail

3.5 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

26.8 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Sioux River Red Rock Trail

3.7 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Spearfish Recreational Trail

5.2 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Trail

6 mi
State: SD
Crushed Stone

Madison Bike & Recreation Trail

5.9 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Oahe Dam Downstream Fort Pierre Trail

4.2 mi
State: SD
Asphalt, Concrete

Auld-Brokaw Trail

3.3 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Ballpark Road Trail

1.1 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Belle Fourche River Walk Trail

5 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Deadman Trail

0.75 mi
State: SD
Concrete
Accordion

Golf Course Trail

0.8 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Highway 52 Trail

4.5 mi
State: SD
Asphalt, Concrete

James River Trail

4.3 mi
State: SD
Asphalt, Dirt

Lake Andes Rail Trail

0.84 mi
State: SD
Asphalt, Ballast

Marne Creek West Trail

0.6 mi
State: SD
Crushed Stone

Memorial Park Trail

1.5 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Meridian Bridge Trail

0.7 mi
State: NE, SD
Concrete

Miller to St. Lawrence Trail

1.4 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Mitchell Community Bike Path

10 mi
State: SD
Asphalt, Concrete

Mobridge Riverfront Walking Path

2.3 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Moccasin Creek Trail

1.8 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Moose Drive Bike Path

1.5 mi
State: SD
Concrete

North Sioux City/McCook Lake Trail

4.3 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Ordway Trail (Aberdeen)

2.5 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Ravine Lake Trail

1.1 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Riverside Park Trail (SD)

1.5 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Sisseton Pedestrian Path

1 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Southwest Trail (Beadle)

2.5 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Southwest Trail (Brown)

1.1 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Sturgis Centennial Bike Path

4.4 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Sturgis Connector Trail

0.6 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Vermillion River Trail (SD)

1.7 mi
State: SD
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Chamberlain Walking Path takes you from one breathtaking view to another. It begins in Barger Park, sitting on the east bank of the Missouri River. Here you can enjoy wide, unobstructed views of...
SD 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Custer State Park Spur offers a 3.2-mile paved connection between South Dakota's 109-mile George S. Mickelson Trail and Custer State Park, home to bison, coyotes, and prairie dogs in the beautiful...
SD 3.2 mi Asphalt
The Dakota Dunes Trail is a paved trail for cyclists and pedestrians that runs through the unincorporated community of Dakota Dunes, south of North Sioux City in the southeastern corner of South...
SD 2.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Following the natural corridor formed by its namesake creek for just over a mile, the Dry Run Creek Trail provides a great opportunity for outdoor recreation and sightseeing right in the heart of the...
SD 1.07 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Notice: The northern Deadwood Trailhead is currently under repair until further notice. Additionally, the spur trail east towards Custer City is closed. See here for more current...
SD 112 mi Crushed Stone
More than a century ago, steam locomotives lugged supplies from Deadwood to Lead and to the miners at Homestake Mine, once the largest goldmine in the Western Hemisphere. This narrow-gauge track fell...
SD 3.5 mi Dirt
The Leonard Swanson Memorial Pathway, named for Rapid City's late, longtime public works director, is a sprawling eight mile system of paved bikeways that follows the path of Rapid Creek across the...
SD 8.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
Running between the Pierson Ranch and Lewis & Clark Recreation Areas just west of the city of Yankton, the Lewis and Clark Lake Trail is another worthy entry in the area's network of multi-use trails....
SD 3.5 mi Asphalt
The Sioux Falls trail system, sometimes referred to as the Sioux Falls River Greenway, forms a loop of nearly 30 miles of paved, multi-use pathways that link many of the city’s parks and green spaces....
SD 26.8 mi Asphalt
The Sioux River Red Rock Trail is a planned 12-mile system of trail that will one day take users across nearly the entirety of the beautiful city of Dell Rapids, situated on the Big Sioux River in...
SD 3.7 mi Concrete
The Spearfish Recreational Trail travels for 5 miles through the heart of Spearfish, a town situated east of the South Dakota/Wyoming border and just north of the Black Hills National Forest, known...
SD 5.2 mi Concrete
Watertown's Orange Loop is a paved, multi-use trail that forms a semicircle around the clear waters of Lake Kampeska to the city's northwest. Much like the other trails in the city's recreational...
SD 10.4 mi Asphalt
Part of a series of paved, multi-use pathways in the eastern South Dakota city of Watertown, the Red Loop travels through lovely open fields and quiet neighborhoods on the city's eastern edge. While...
SD 4.6 mi Asphalt
The Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is a lovely 1500-acre park and historical site, situated along the Missouri River just to the west of North Sioux City. One of the main attractions of the site...
SD 6 mi Crushed Stone
The setting for the Madison Bike & Recreation Trail transitions from urban industrial to rural farmland as it heads east towards Johnson Point on the shores of Lake Madison. The paved path begins on...
SD 5.9 mi Asphalt
The Oahe Dam Downstream Fort Pierre Trail begins at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area, a state park located under the Oahe Dam on the Missouri River. The park is known for its bald eagles and...
SD 4.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Yankton, South Dakota's most famous son, Tom Brokaw, lends his name to this trail. The stimulus for the Auld-Brokaw project was actually the need for flood protection for the businesses and homes...
SD 3.3 mi Concrete
The Ballpark Road Trail is a short sidepath, one of several in the city of Sturgis that together form a ten mile off-road system of trails. Beginning at the intersection of Junction Avenue and...
SD 1.1 mi Concrete
The Belle Fourche River Walk weaves across the city of the same name, providing a low-stress way to explore the cultural and natural attractions of the city. The concrete-paved walking and biking path...
SD 5 mi Asphalt
The Deadman Trail is a short trail that follows the ominously named Deadman Gulch on the outskirts of Sturgis, and connects to other portions of the city's ten mile bike path system. Starting in...
SD 0.75 mi Concrete
Accordion
Running from the edge of the small community of Miller, South Dakota out to the golf course due north of town, the Golf Course Trail is a short, but useful sidepath trail that helps meet the...
SD 0.8 mi Asphalt
Yankton, South Dakota hosts 40 miles of trails across the city and the Lewis & Clark Lake Recreation Area. The Highway 52 Trail serves as the linkage between the two trail systems, running parallel to...
SD 4.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Anyone on the James River Trail is up for a challenge: Only 1 mile paved along its 4.3-mile length; the rest of the surface is primitive In the spring, it can get pretty muddy. It partly sits on an...
SD 4.3 mi Asphalt, Dirt
A short community trail built on a former section of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad in the community of Lake Andes in southern South Dakota, the Lake Andes Rail Trail provides a...
SD 0.84 mi Asphalt, Ballast
A quiet, crushed-rock trail on the outskirts of the small city of Yankton, the Marne Creek West Trail provides a nice connection to a popular community dog park and recreation site. Much like the...
SD 0.6 mi Crushed Stone
Located along the James River in a pleasant corner of northeastern Huron, the Memorial Park Trail provides a pathway to connect the city's Riverside and Memorial Parks, and also links up with the...
SD 1.5 mi Concrete
Spanning the Missouri River from Nebraska and into the city of Yankton, South Dakota, the Meridian Bridge is one of the area's premier historic attractions. Installed in 1924, this vertical lift...
NE, SD 0.7 mi Concrete
As its name suggests, the Miller to St. Lawrence Trail provides a link between the rural communities of Miller and St. Lawrence, located in central South Dakota's Hand County. The paved trail...
SD 1.4 mi Asphalt
The small city of Mitchell, South Dakota has created a series of paved trails for biking and walking that span much of the northern edges of the community, providing safe and convenient off-road...
SD 10 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The small city of Mobridge, South Dakota is located on a beautiful stretch of the Missouri River, and there's no better way to get out and experience the pristine natural surroundings than the...
SD 2.3 mi Asphalt
The paved bicycle and pedestrian trail accompanies Moccasin Creek between Milwaukee Ave. and Melgaard Rd in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the state’s third city. The trail is prefect for recreation sitting...
SD 1.8 mi Asphalt
Though Sturgis may be best known for the popular motorcycle events it hosts, the city also offers some great opportunites for the other kind of biker. The Moose Drive Bike Path is a 1.5 mile sidepath...
SD 1.5 mi Concrete
The North Sioux City/McCook Lake Trail is a paved sidepath trail that runs for over four miles through the suburban community of North Sioux City. The concrete trail may not be much to look at, with...
SD 4.3 mi Concrete
The Ordway Trail runs for 2.5 miles in northeastern Aberdeen, a railroad town founded in the early 1880s. It begins in Baird Park, a natural area perhaps best known for its 25-foot-tall sledding hill....
SD 2.5 mi Concrete
A short, paved trail that forms a loop around Ravine Lake Park in northeastern Huron, the Ravine Lake Trail, together with its adjacent sibling Memorial Park Trail, provides residents of this small...
SD 1.1 mi Concrete
Located along the banks of the Missouri River in the city of Yankton, the appropriately-named Riverside Park Trail is a concrete, multi-use pathway that runs through the city's Riverside Park. The...
SD 1.5 mi Concrete
The Roland L. Dolly Memorial Recreational Trail sits on the western bank of the Missouri River. The concrete trail is named for a Lyman County native son who perished alongside Governor Michelson in a...
SD 1.1 mi Concrete
Though the word pedestrian is in its name, the Sisseton Pedestrian Path is open to a range of non-motorized uses, including cycling and rollerblading. Beginning in Drenttel Park, the concrete path...
SD 1 mi Concrete
The Southwest Trail is a concrete multi-use path in Huron, South Dakota. The trail zigzags south from the Pepsi Soccer Complex. From the soccer fields, head east along 9th Street and then south to...
SD 2.5 mi Concrete
Aberdeen, in northeast South Dakota, hosts a growing network of shared use greenways, park trails and dedicated sidepaths. The Southwest Trail is a rail-trail, just a mile or so long. Starting on 16th...
SD 1.1 mi Asphalt
The Sturgis Centennial Bike Path runs a little over four miles across the northern edge of the city of Sturgis, loosely following the route of the Bear Butte Creek. While the western portion of the...
SD 4.4 mi Concrete
This short sidepath provides a useful connection between several trails in the ten mile system of bike paths within the city of Sturgis. Beginning near the intersection of Butte View Drive and Dolan...
SD 0.6 mi Concrete
Situated on bluffs north of the Missouri River in the southeastern corner of South Dakota, the small city of Vermillion has plenty of natural charm and beautiful surroundings, thanks to the Mighty...
SD 1.7 mi Concrete
The Blue Loop is a key component in Watertown's system of paved, multi-use pathways, connecting a part of the city's Red Loop with the Orange Loop that encircles Lake Kampeska. A portion of the trail...
SD 10.5 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

George S. Mickelson Trail

Beautiful trail out of Deadwood, but climbs

June, 2024 by jxr74csq7g

Rode 24 total miles from the start in Deadwood. There was a total of 1550 feet of elevation gain. A few miles from town there is an option to go left or right. I took left on the way out and came back the other trail. The left option is definitely more remote but has some sections with 9+% grade. I did not really have the right gears and couldn’t stand up without losing traction. The other trail does not seem to have as steep gradients. I have 42c tires running tubeless with pressure in the mid 30s. I have a 1x setup with 36t chainring and a 44t largest cog.

George S. Mickelson Trail

Beautiful Trail

June, 2024 by rebecca.wolfe

Rode 36 miles RT from our HipCamp to Crazy Horse. 1,000 ft increase in elevation in the 18 mi out portion. Beautiful views between Custer and Crazy Horse

George S. Mickelson Trail

great

September, 2023 by wanda lyons

This is one of the best trails ever! We stayed at a B & B, Bishop Mountain Rental, which is right off the trailhead in Hill City! Enjoyed the ride so much!

Accordion

Lewis and Clark Lake Trail

Easy ride along the Missouri!

September, 2023 by ironfisch

Easy ride along the Missouri!

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

Best rails to trails experience so far

August, 2023 by tcmcelveen

I rode the trail yesterday with my bride of 42 years, Kari and dear friends Coleen and Steve, who experienced the trail on their e-bikes. We started at Falls Park and rode the main loop in a counter clockwise direction. The trail is in great condition and I was amazed to find no at grade crossings on the entire loop (save for a temporary crossing due to construction). The trail shows all that Sioux Falls has to offer and the segments meandering through the city's many parks were particularly enjoyable! I highly recommend this trail!!

George S. Mickelson Trail

stunning

July, 2023 by brianfred52_tl

this is a very well maintained trail with the exception of the first few miles out of Deadwood. this section does not drain as well as the rest and has some rough spots. the scenery is unbeatable, following a small stream and lined by granite and trees. we took a shuttle from Hill City to Dumont and rode back to Hill City. the rest of our riding was out and back rides covering the rest of the trail south to Pringle. I highly recommend this trail!

George S. Mickelson Trail

Favorite all time trail!¿¿¿¿¿¿

June, 2023 by allyn.dana

We finally finished the whole trail this month and have done the sections from Deadwood to just outside of Hill City twice. This is a fantastic trail and I can’t recommend it enough. Yes there are hills but that makes the return more fun. And the hills are easily managed when you have an e-bike! I hadn’t read much positive feedback on the Edgewood to Minnekahta trailhead and I loved it! Beautiful scenery with canyon type views. Wonderful rest areas with clean bathrooms and fresh water. So much to write about this trail but it’s all been said. Ride it, you will be so glad you did!

George S. Mickelson Trail

Beautiful but a little steep

October, 2022 by viaranch

This trail was beautiful. We rode about 10 miles one way. The bridges were cool. It was a little steep at places but nothing too terrible. The only complaint we had was the amount of cow dung on the trail. It was really bad in some places. Not blaming anyone but just be aware. Definitely would ride again. So beautiful

George S. Mickelson Trail

Beautiful but a little steep

October, 2022 by viaranch

This trail was beautiful. We rode about 10 miles one way. The bridges were cool. It was a little steep at places but nothing too terrible. The only complaint we had was the amount of cow dung on the trail. It was really bad in some places. Not blaming anyone but just be aware. Definitely would ride again. So beautiful

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

Big Sioux River loop

August, 2022 by kevinriley

I basically live on this trail.
I have the main 19+ mile loop essentially memorized at this stage.
I don't actually know this to be one of the absolute, ten best-overall urban trails in the Midwest...but I'd be shocked to learn it somehow was not.

I sometimes enjoy going up the hill, just north of Falls Park, but usually I do what most others are likely going to prefer as well ie. circumnavigating the loop in a clockwise direction.

Be careful when passing underneath the pedestrian bridge at Yankton Trail Park. Visibility at that spot is very poor; slow down!

Sioux River Red Rock Trail

Dells of the Sioux

August, 2022 by kevinriley

This trail is AMAZING!

It's kinda short, and just far enough away to be a little inconvenient, so I took a long time to get out here...and I feel like a fool.

This is an EXCEPTIONALLY beautiful trail. Ordinarily, you'd have to go to a state park to see something this wondrous, and the fact this is an urban trail, kinda just blows me away. The part of Dell Rapids that one can see from the riverside trail, is more-or-less the cosmic epitome of what a picturesque Midwestern small town ought to look like.

If I lived in Dell Rapids, I'd be on this trail like every day.
Highly recommended!

Madison Bike & Recreation Trail

Lake Madison

August, 2022 by kevinriley

This is a very pleasant trail, that affords one some fairly spectacular views of Lake Madison.

Two points of which to be aware: The situation where one must cross South Dakota Highwy 34, in orer to proceed from the pulic parking at 8th & Egan, leaves a lot to be desired. I might be inlined to recommend parking on Washington Avenue South, which is to say, on the southen side of highway 34. You lose almost none of the trail this way, and you avoid the stress of crossing the highway.

Additionally, the map is incomplete ie. the leg of the trail that follows alongside highway 19, actually turns east, and goes at least a mile or more farther than what is indicated here.

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