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George S. Mickelson Trail

109 mi
State: SD
Crushed Stone
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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

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Recent Trail Reviews

George S. Mickelson Trail

very scenic ride

September, 2021 by terriknkc

My husband and I rode the trail and loved it. Our favorite part was Hill City north to Deadwood. There are 4 tunnels and the scenery is beautiful. We had to dodge a few cows in the open range area. The trail was nicely marked and most rest stops had water and toilet. We were here in mid-September 2021, the weather was perfect and the crowds were nothing. It is dry, they need rain so is was dusty.

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

riding to fight childhood cancer month

September, 2021 by mtwildquilter

I am from MT and this trail system is fabulous. It is so well laid out. I found it easy for the beginner trail rider that I am. Other users were friendly and were easy to approach with my questions. Let’s all ride to fight Childhood Cancer this month!

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

Sweet Ride

September, 2021 by dml8782_tl

We rode this on Saturday September 4th. This is a beautifully maintained trail throughout its circuit. We did run come across a minor detour by the airport, due to construction, but the rest of the trail was wonderful.
We saw lots of people using this trail. It is very welcoming and the people we met along the trail were friendly and informative to this couple from Oklahoma seeking information at the detour.
Sioux Falls should be proud of this trail and we highly recommend it.


Watertown Recreational Trail - Red Loop


September, 2021 by dgk14

This is a great trail for a quiet walk away from traffic noise.

Watertown Recreation Trail - Orange Loop

Lake loop

September, 2021 by dgk14

As part of the loop around Lake Kampeska, this trail provides great views of the lake.

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

Nice ride, live the bike repair stations

July, 2021 by deborahdebmartin

We road the trail today. We road by several parks, the zoo, golf courses and a prison. Nicely maintained trail w several bike repair stations w air and tools for public use.

Leonard Swanson Memorial Pathway

Downtown construction on Omaha Street, partial closure. Can get around it, by following deteor signs

June, 2021 by salt springs

Downtown construction on Omaha Street, partial closure. Can get around it, by following deteor signs

Homestake Railroad Grade Trail

Homestake Trail is beautiful

May, 2021 by bloom.jan

I'm a local and do a lot of hiking in the area. This trail was a great experience. I had a 7 yo and a 13 yo on this hike. It was a beautiful sunny day in early November. Not sure I would do this if there was any chance of rain or snow. We took our time and just enjoyed the experience. My favorite part was experiencing the changes in the terrain. I especially liked the part where you could see the rock had to be blasted away for the train to pass through when it was in operation. Strongly advise you start at the top by the dog park and (if you can) have someone drop you off and pick you up near the start of the Mickelson Trail. I would not want to hike this trail from Deadwood (ALL uphill!). Take some time and stop along the way to enjoy the views. Definitely use the restroom before you set out as there are no facilities along the way. :)

Dakota Dunes Trail

See 3 States during the walk

March, 2021 by kr87kqjxdj

You walk/ride to the southeast corner of South Dakota. During the walk you will see Iowa on the other side of the Big Sioux River and Nebraska on the other side of the Missouri River. Walk this a few times a week, see deer, very well maintained, shale covered.

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.

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