Biking | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota


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Bicycle Touring & Road Cycling
Bicycle touring and road biking are popular in the Black Hills. Rapid City boasts a 13.5 mile bikeway along Rapid Creek, but most riding and touring is done on our wide-shouldered highways. Some of the favorite and most scenic rides are Rapid City to Mount Rushmore; the Needles Highway; Iron Mountain Road; Spearfish Canyon; and the Badlands Scenic Byway.

Mountain Biking
Mountain biking is growing fast in the Black Hills, thanks to almost 6,000 miles of fire trails, logging roads and abandoned railroad grades that crisscross the back country ridges, wind down canyons and climb to mountain tops. The 111-mile, Centennial Trail is an acclaimed and challenging single-track ride.

Black Hills Biking Trails
Another popular route is the 109-mile George S. Mickelson Trail, that stretches from Deadwood to Edgemont. Fourteen trailheads and parking areas along the way provide easy access to the 10-foot-wide, crushed limestone path that traverses the Black Hills’ back country through prairie and mountains, aspen-lined creeks, pine forests and high-country meadows. You might even catch a glimpse of some native wildlife along the way.

Bike Rentals
You don’t have a bike? Mountain bikes can be rented from several businesses, many which are located near the most popular trails. Some B&Bs and motels also rent bicycles.  Guided mountain biking tours are also available.

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