Mickelson Trail Adventure Itinerary | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Mickelson Trail Adventure Itinerary

  • Mickelson Trail Adventure Itinerary
3 Days

The George S. Mickelson Trail, in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills, was completed in September of 1998. It was named after one of South Dakota's former Governors, as it was his idea to turn this once a railroard line into a trail system, calling it a "rails to trails" project.  Its gentle slopes and easy access allow people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills. Much of the trail passes through National Forest Land, but there are parts of the trail that pass through privately owned land, where trail use is restricted to the trail only.

The 109 mile long trail contains more than 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 rock tunnels. The surface is primarily crushed limestone and gravel making for easy walking/hiking, bicycling or horseback riding. No motorized vehicles are allowed - except during the winter months when snowmobiling is allowed only on a portion of the Deadwood to Dumont section.  All 15 trailheads offer parking, self-sale trail pass stations, vault toilets and tables. Mickelson Trail Passes are $4 daily or $15 for an annual pass and are required for all users 12 years and older.

Now that you have a bit of history and information - Pick your adventure!

Here are some adventures that await:

  • Day 1 - Arrival & Settling In
  • Day 2 - Bicycling the Trail
  • Day 3 - Horseback Riding on the Trail
  • Day 4 - Winter Fun on the Trail


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