South Dakota Dog Walking Trails and Maps

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Length
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Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Trail

6 mi
State: SD
Crushed Stone

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

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

Deadman Trail

0.75 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Dry Run Creek Trail

1.07 mi
State: SD
Asphalt, Concrete

George S. Mickelson Trail

109 mi
State: SD
Crushed Stone

Golf Course Trail

0.8 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Highway 52 Trail

4.5 mi
State: SD
Asphalt, Concrete

Homestake Railroad Grade Trail

3.5 mi
State: SD
Dirt

James River Trail

4.3 mi
State: SD
Asphalt, Dirt

Lake Andes Rail Trail

0.84 mi
State: SD
Asphalt, Ballast

Leonard Swanson Memorial Pathway

8.2 mi
State: SD
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

Lewis and Clark Lake Trail

3.5 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Madison Bike & Recreation Trail

5.9 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Marne Creek West Trail

0.6 mi
State: SD
Crushed Stone

Memorial Park Trail (SD)

1.5 mi
State: SD
Concrete
Accordion

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

Mocassin 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

Oahe Dam Downstream Fort Pierre Trail

4.2 mi
State: SD
Asphalt, 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

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

26.8 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Sioux River Red Rock Trail

2 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Sisseton Pedestrian Path

1 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Southwest Trail (Huron)

2.5 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Southwest Trail (SD)

1.1 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Spearfish Recreational Trail

5.2 mi
State: SD
Concrete

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 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
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 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
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
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
Named in honor of the former South Dakota governor who crusaded for the trail before his death in a plane crash in 1993, the George S. Mickelson Trail runs through the heart of the Black Hills,...
SD 109 mi Crushed Stone
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
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
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
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 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
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
Accordion
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 Mocassin 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 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
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
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 2 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 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
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
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
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
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

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Recent Trail Reviews

George S. Mickelson Trail

Deadwood to Edgemont 2 day ride

September, 2020 by arthurduvall

My brother (70 years old) and I (63 years old) rode this trail in mid September. We spent Friday night at the Cowboy Inn in Edgemont, and got a shuttle to Deadwood. Hit the trail at 10:30 a.m. My brother has a trike with pedal assist and I have a dual sport bike (no assist for me). The first few miles south were really tough for me. I knew it would be uphill, but some reviewers said you could hardly tell it was uphill. Well, they must have been in a lot better shape then me. I really think that the altitude affected me more then I realized it would. Once I made it up that first few miles of uphill the ride was really good, until I hit the up hill climb near Mystic. The last few miles downhill into Hill City was very pleasant. Although I was tired at the end of the first day, it was a great ride, the scenery was wonderful. I loved the tunnels and all the bridges. After a couple beers at the Mangy Moose, and a good nights rest, I was ready to tackle the second day.
The uphill climb out of Hill City was long but doable, and I looked forward to the remaining downhill stretch into Edgemont. A stop at Pringle to see the mountains of old bikes was interesting. the rest of the trip was scenic, but in a different way then the first day. we did seem to have a head wind that slowed my progress, but I'm used to riding in the wind. The Hat Creek Grill and Bar in Edgemont was a welcome sight.
Over all the trail was in good shape, there were places where the gravel was a little loose, but nor bad. The 62.6 miles on the second day was my longest ride ever, although I have put on several 50 mile rides. I would love to do this again, but I will train a little better and maybe arrive a day early to acclimate to the altitude.
A Great trail that I would love to do again.

Custer State Park Spur

Hilly but nice off-road option

September, 2020 by montygwooten

Biked from Custer State Park to the main trail. Nice wide asphalt surface for biking. Trail runs along the highway. There are a couple of climbs but both fairly short.

George S. Mickelson Trail

Sept 2020

September, 2020 by terri.hagmann

We rode the entire trail in 3 sections: Custer to Edgemont, Custer to Rocheford, then Rocheford to Deadwoood. The trail is even more amazing than we imagined. The terrain varies from high desert to forested hills and streams. Well maintained with multiple rest stops inc. toilets and water. Maps & trail passes available along the way. It is not just a trail but an opportunity to see the Black Hills in all its' splendor & beauty. The animals we saw along the trail were deer, snake, cattle, & birds. Some sections would be difficult to ride with narrow road tires as some sections of the gravel trail were quite loose. We have cross tires.
We stayed at the Mile Hi Motel in Custer. The owners were wonderful! Eric helped shuttle us to/from trail heads with only a gratuity needed. The motel is only a block from the trail.

Accordion

George S. Mickelson Trail

7 day round trip leisure ride of the entire trail

September, 2020 by godsgalleon616

My new wife and I spent part of our honeymoon doing a complete round trip leisurely ride on this trail. We stopped tons of time for photos, snacks, deer, and had a most excellent time. Unlike some who ride and seem to do the entire trail as fast as possible, we took our sweet time and enjoyed everything the trail had to offer.

Prior to day 1 on the trail we stayed at the Cowboy Inn in Edgemont, and started our 3 day ride north to Deadwood around 8 AM the following morning. I am a bit of a 'planner', so we knew about the 1st day being all uphill. Most rail trails are pretty flat, and really so is this trail, but this trail is just a smidge more up and down hills. They say no more than 4% grade, which is easy enough, but it is uphill for like nearly the entire way, and that can wear you down over time. Find a comfortable pace, and you'll be fine tho. As we rode north we saw more deer than i can remember. The views were more hilly and prairie/valley than mountainous. Beautiful, but more rolling than hilly. The trailheads all had pretty nice bathrooms, and sheltered areas with water available. We found out that the Hitchrail bar in Pringle was normally closed on Mondays, but they had a local thing happening, so invited us in for food/drinks anyway. The people there are super nice. Actually everyone we encountered in all towns along the trail were super nice. They gave us meatballs, french fries, an couple beers, and time to sit and rest a bit. They were great people. We then headed north a bit more to our first night just north of Pringle.

The next morning we leisurely rode towards our next nightly stop in Hill City. We spent a while in Custer, firstly at Horatio's Homemade Ice Cream, right on main street, AWESOME homemade ice cream and waffle cones! Lost of touristy shops, markets, and street art to check out here. about 6 miles north of Hill City you can see Crazy Horse memorial. While you can see it, you are not very close. You can hop up on the road from the trail, and ride to it tho if you want tho. and geography that was starting to look more like short mtns rather than rolling hills and valleys, so the rest of the ride this day was more deer, slightly steeper trail sections, (still not hard tho...but long). We spent the night just outside of Hill City tonight.

The next morning/trail day 3, we rode about 50 miles to Deadwood, the northern endpoint on the trail. The trail started to really get more 'mountiany' looking at this point, with vistas, long bendy creeks, and also steeper trails...both up and down. About 25 miles north of Hill City is a tiny town of Rochford. Everyone said to eat lunch there at the Moonshine Gulch Saloon, but currently they are closed on the weekdays so we could not. Luckily, there is a "small of America" souvenir shop/snack place right next door. We got 2 beers, a yummy pizza, a t shirt, and then a couple sodas and took a nice long lunch. To get to downtown Rochford (less than 1 block long) get off on the Rochford trailhead, then ride the city street for a few hundred feet. You can't miss it. This northern half of the trail is where the tunnels are also, which are super cool. 4 of them. More rest stops to. The bathrooms only seem to be at the main Trailheads on this trail, but there are sheltered picnic areas roughly every 10 miles thru ought the entirety of the Mickelson, so you are never too far from a break. We spent a lot of time today riding uphill, but the last several miles into Deadwood were a nice downhill ride.

We spent a day in Deadwood relaxing, off the bikes and sightseeing. On the way back, we took another 3 days to make the trip, but stayed in different locations.

Some things to remember i suppose, are that the southern half of the trail has more uphill than downhill, and has less of the 'black hills' hilly look than the northern half, so the trail is a bit less steep going up or down. We saw more deer on the southern half, but more cows and bulls loos on the trail in the northern half, as well and deer turkey, and even a coyote on the trail up north. We were surprised by the lack of colorful birds in the area, but an abundance of Birch trees up in the hills. (with all the pine trees of course). Water was available at every trail head, along with bathrooms (fancy outhouses, but nice). There is no bike shop in Deadwood. Closest one is 10 miles further north, in Spearfish. The southern part of the trail seems to be looser gravel than the northern section.

We had a slow paced super fun week, but yes, travel light and if you don't stop for all the things the trail has to offer and you can go faster. GREAT trail maps are available at all trailheads, that show mileage, elevation and more to each stop along the trail....all the trailheads and the rest stops also.

George S. Mickelson Trail

2 Days Traveling North; 1 Day Traveling South

August, 2020 by jimmy35

Day 1 - I spent the night in Edgemont (Cowboy Inn), then rode to Hill City. This 60 mile stretch is not for the faint of heart. It's a slow, relentless grind for the first 50 miles, then 10 miles downhill into Deadwood. I read lots and lots of posts trying to determine if people actually ride the entire distance going South to North, but couldn't find anyone that posted about it. Given the lack of info, the uphill grade and the gravel terrain, I decided it would be safest if I broke the North bound ride into two days. And honestly, I'm glad I did. I was on a steel Surly single speed, riding solo and carrying two panniers. I could have carried on to Deadwood if I had to, but I'm honestly glad I had a hotel reservation in Hill City (Super 8). NOTE - I did stop (just outside of Hill City) to help two riders in their early 20s that were planning to ride the entire distance from Edgemont to Deadwood, after having to stop in Rochford due to darkness two weeks earlier. Assuming they didn't have any additional mechanical issues, I'd bet they made it since there were no thunderstorms that afternoon. They started, in the dark, in Edgemont at 5am.

On Day 2, I rode from Hill City to Deadwood and over-nighted at the Spring Hill Suites. Comparatively, the terrain on Day 1 and the terrain on Day 2 were completely different. From Edgemont to Hill City, the terrain was open, exposed and occasionally forested. From Hill City to Deadwood, the terrain was almost completely forested and incredibly beautiful. If you only have time to do one section of the trail, I'd unequivocally recommend the section between Hill City and Deadwood (ridden in either direction).

On Day 3, I rode all the way from Deadwood to Edgemont, stopping in Hill City for a burger with fries on the rooftop patio at the Bumpin Buffalo Bar & Grill. If you're capable of riding a century on a road bike, riding the entire distance is very doable because of the net elevation loss and the final 50 miles of downhill into Edgemont. Be warned though... the South Dakota wind popped up and sometimes negated the joy of rolling downhill between Crazy Horse and Edgemont.

Dry Run Creek Trail

bike trail

August, 2020 by gvdabuhr

This was not a good bike trail. My husband and I rode it today and we rode for about 3-4 miles on a major highway that was very busy. The actual trail was very bumpy and at one point we went through a cemetery to find the trail. It was enjoyable but will not be going back to this trail.

Lewis and Clark Lake Trail

Love this

July, 2020 by kah327

This is such a fun trail. The best parts are around the marina and throughout the camping area by the water. There are some fun ways to cut through and be in amidst the trees away from campers as well. We go here a lot because it’s close to home and we love the scenery. It’s so well paved and maintained nicely! It smells soo good along the water.

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

A long trail!

July, 2020 by kah327

This was LONG! We didn’t know how long, lol! We found out! We rode the whole thing. It’s best from Falls Park going towards the older downtown instead of the other way. The rest is fine but can get a bit dull out by the airport if you’re a person who enjoys scenery as you ride, however that’s just me. :)

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

Really nice trail Network and great views

July, 2020 by nonfctr

The ride was flat for the most part and connected the many parks around Sioux Falls. You won’t want to miss it. 20+ miles. It’s a bit tricky to follow in spots near downtown because there are a lot of off-shoots, so it was nice to have a local to follow. Some of the sections could use some horizontal crack fixing (bumpy), but overall a great experience.

George S. Mickelson Trail

Scenic ride

June, 2020 by mpickner77

We rode Hill City to Dumont one day and HillCity to Custer another with the Stockade Lake Spur. Beautiful sights. We chose to ride the fat tire bikes - a mistake on this trail. Inclined were tough with the wide tires.

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Trail

Lots of wildlife

June, 2020 by aparrott58

If you are in the area on business or pleasure, this trail is worth it. We started at the nice visitor center where there is plenty of parking. The trail is crushed gravel and wide enough for side by side riding. We saw lots of wildlife, including turkeys (over 2 dozen), waterfowl, garter snakes and doe/fawns (still in spots). In addition, the closer you get to the big river, there are a number of old growth cottonwood groves w/ some of the largest cottonwoods we have seen. There are a couple of viewing platforms near the river and the trail has curves and some short hills. Just a nice evening ride. Also, ride in a figure eight to add more miles and see the groves twice!

George S. Mickelson Trail

steep but beautiful

June, 2020 by abigator22

Started the trail off In deadwood and was completely shocked at how steep of a climb it was. Being that we were more used to flatter rail trails, we ended up driving to a different part of the trail and riding from the Mystic to the Rockford trailhead and back. Don’t let the hill scare you away, just pay close attention to the gradient on the map. The trail surface worked great for our hybrid bikes. Saw beautiful nature and local cows. Lost cell reception at times.

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