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.
And not many places can boast two trails near 110 miles in length like the nationally-renowned George S. Mickelson Trail or the Centennial Trail that run the length of the Black Hills from north to south. Or can the same place offer up the a spiritual hike through the wondrously sparse Badlands National Park on the Notch Trail, a horse-ride through peaceful mountain meadows in Custer State Park or a challenging ride in a hidden urban oasis like the Hansen-Larson Memorial Park Trail System in Rapid City. Between all the national forest and rec areas; national and state park units, there truly is a trail for all ages and abilities to get out and enjoy.
The Black Hills National Forest consists of 1.2 million acres of land, of which an abundance of natural beauty and resources make it a highly desirable recreational area. Part of the forest extends into northeastern Wyoming, where hundreds of trails provide endless fun and uniquely stunning landscapes that can appease active travelers from all skill levels, from beginners to the most advanced.
Beneath the Black Hills of South Dakota is the intriguing underground world of Jewel Cave. With 173 miles of explored passageways, Jewel Cave ranks as one of the longest caves in the world.
The Lakota gave this land its name, “Mako Sica,” meaning “land bad.” Located in southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the la
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.
President Grover Cleveland established the Black Hills National Forest in 1897 as the Black Hills Forest Reserve.
Custer State Park is famous for its bison herds, other wildlife, scenic drives, historic sites, visitor centers, fishing lakes, resorts, campgrounds and interpretive programs.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a large-scale mountain sculpture by artist Gutzon Borglum. The figures of America's most prominent U.S.
Marking the 100th anniversary of statehood, 1889 - 1989, the 111-mile Centennial Trail represents the diversity of South Dakota. The Trail crosses prairie grasslands near Bear Butte State Park and climbs into the Black Hills, high country, skirting lakes and streams until it reaches Wind Cave National Park near Hot Springs. The Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks have combined their efforts to develop this Trail for you to enjoy.