Edgemont sets alongside the Cheyenne River on the southwestern flank of the Black Hills. To the north of this gateway community on US 18, the mountains of the Black Hills abruptly rise 1,500 feet in two miles. Edgemont is the southern terminus of the George S. Mickelson Recreational Trail, the premier hike-bike-horse recreational trail in the Black Hills. From Edgemont, the trail runs 114 miles north, all the way to Deadwood.
Gateway to the Black Hills
Travel 25 miles northeast of Edgemont on Hwy 18 to historic Hot Springs where natural spring waters first attracted visitors "to take the cure." After enjoying the natural springs at Evans Plunge and visit the ancient woolly mammoths at the Mammoth Site and Museum where paleontology digs continue unearthing bones.
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In 1874, Lieutenant Colonel George Custer led the troops of the 7th Cavalry into the Black Hills and discovered gold near present day Custer.
Things to See & Do
The Black Hills are full of monumental works of both man and nature, evident too in the world-class hiking, biking, motorized and non-motorized trail offerings one can find here. Whether hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATVing or snowmobiling, the uncrowded, natural surroundings of the Black Hills and Badlands are an outdoor mecca with over 450 miles spread across 75 different trails.
Stretching 109 miles from Deadwood in the north to Edgemont in the southwest, the Mickelson Trail has become known far and wide for the highquality bicycling it offers.
With a surface of primarily crushed limestone and gravel, the trail currently has 15 trailheads which all offer parking, self-sale trail pass stations, vault toilets and tables. Most of the grades are gradual and gentle, with none exceeding four percent. Portions of the trail are considered strenuous.
Angostura State Recreation Area is one of the few large reservoirs in western South Dakota.
Places to Stay
Explore the Black Hills at a leisurely pace, then return & relax here on the veranda. View millions of stars at night, sit around the campfire & discover the simple joys of years past. Our Bunkhouse has 6 bedrooms, great room & full kitchen. Bring your family & horses too! Breathtaking views in every direction.
You've been on the long dusty trails of the Black Hills. Why not come hang your hat with us? TV, phone, refrigerator, microwave, and morning coffee. Nearby a small park area. Grill area. 24.8 miles to Evans Plunge, 24.2 miles to Mammoth Site, 26.2 miles to Wind Cave & 58.4 miles to Mount Rushmore!
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