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Mickelson Trail


Deadwood is the northernmost end of the 109 mile Mickelson Trail.  A beautiful rails-to-trails project, that gives you great access to the Black Hills without have to leave the city by car.

My favorite way to enjoy this portion of the trail is to get a ride to the Dumont Trailhead and ride the 14 mostly downhill miles back to Deadwood.  And, when winter rolls around the trail is just one of the places for Northern Black Hills Snowshoeing.

Do keep in mind that use of the trail requires a pass that can be purchased at any trailhead or online.

Did you know this is not the only trail in the Black Hills that is over 100 miles long?  That’s right the Centennial Trail is 111-miles long.  It starts about 20 miles away from Deadwood in Bear Butte State Park.  The trail finishes near Hot Springs in Wind Cave National Park.

If you plan on hiking or biking I would encourage you to pick up a good guide book like Exploring the Black Hills and Badlands: A Guide for Hikers, Cross-Country Skiers, & Mountain Bikers.  And, ALWAYS carry a good map like the

Black Hills – Northeast, South Dakota Trails Illustrated Map #751 the Black Hills can be confusing and a good map is critical.