South Dakota Hiking Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
Type

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

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.

Accordion

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.

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

Great Ride

September, 2019 by daireemt

We rode the 26 +/- mile route in mid July 2019.... Very nicely maintained trail and quite well marked. Mostly level with a few grades, nothing major. Wind was a nuisance the day we rode, but still a great experience.

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

Blows away most cities in the Midwest

August, 2019 by slecalsey

Was so surprised at how nice this trail system is; well maintained and laid out! Many cities should use this as a model for what should be!

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

Jewel of SF

August, 2019 by jaysonwittrup

Love our trail system. Ride it regularly! Pick you direction carefully so as to not have to ride UP the spillway ;-)

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

Good trail for an overnight stopover.

August, 2019 by normanbowers

On my way to the black hills I stayed at one of the hotels near I-29 and just biked on the sidewalk a few blocks east to the loop. The 21 mile loop is all paved and smooth, and very scenic while along the rivers. The north section of the loop around the airport is on the top of a levy and kind of dull, but is flat and smooth so you can get a good workout if desired.
There is a good bike map on the city website.

George S. Mickelson Trail

Dumont to Hill City

July, 2019 by marley69

My wife and I rode this section at the end of June and it was absolutely gorgeous. We caught a shuttle out of Hill City and the first 10 miles from Dumont were amazing as we watched a small brook slowly grow to become a gorgeous river over the next 10-15 miles. The first 20 miles were downhill but then we had a 7 mile 650 foot climb that taxed us asphalt loving Midwest flatlanders . I rode a 28 tire with no problem. Done 80 plus trails in 33 states (Hiawatha, Katy. GAP, e.g), and this was justifiably a top 5 American trail.

George S. Mickelson Trail

Summer 2018

July, 2019 by danaduran1974

Went with the family. Left car in Edgemont and got a shuttle to Deadwood to start. (Tried the other direction but it was harder we went in 23 miles it started to rain and we got stuck in the shelter over night, had to ride out through thick mud) anyway we went back shuttled to Deadwood and it was a bit easier. So much fun, and everyone is very accommodating to the bike crowd. We camped twice and stayed in a hotel once. We will do it again 👍 but go both ways to make it last longer😃

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