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George S. Mickelson State Trail

Address: SD
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Type: Trails, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Biking
Owner description: 112-mile rails-to-trails project which goes through the Black Hills.
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Type: Trails, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Biking
Owner description: 112-mile rails-to-trails project which goes through the Black Hills.
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Sleepy Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This past August our family visited the Black Hills of South Dakota. We took part of a day to bike the George Mickelson Trail. We biked with our 15, 12, and 10 year olds. Before starting a ride go into Hill City to Rabbit Cycle. The owner was super helpful and suggested we ride the segment of the trail from... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

My husband and I just completed a bike tour on the Mikelson Trail. What a lovely, well maintained trail! We started in Hill City and rode to Dumont, spending the night at Carsten Cottages. The next day we rode to Deadwood and Lead and then back to Dumont. The following couple of days we rode south staying in Hill City... More 

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Minneapolis
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420 reviews 420 reviews
136 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We rode from Hill City through Mystic and to Rochford. Going through railroad tunnels and seeing men mining for gold were some highlights. Also biking with free range cows wasn't as exciting as running with the bulls, but you did have to watch out for them. If you are a cyclist, you need to experience this trail. Make sure your... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Mickelson Trail has beauty, solitude, and variety. With a variety of trailheads, it's possible to take a long hike or a short one, through trees or pastures, along a stream, even over a trestle or two. Lovely experience, and not a difficult hike, although it can be a long one -- as long as you wish.

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lubbock, TX
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I did the Hill City trailhead south to Crazy Horse. My legs got a workout since it is almost entirely uphill to the monument. The good part is, you can see Crazy Horse from the trail, and then coast almost all the way downhill on the way back. I did the north portion from Hill City last year, and I... More 

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Durham, North Carolina, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I enjoy biking and this trail has gradual slopes that are easy up and fun down. I saw lots of wildlife on the trail and enjoyed the magnificent views. I look forward to another trip to Custer this Fall.

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Maryville, Missouri, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

My wife and I took a short trip to the Black Hills and this was the highlight of our trip, We started at the city of Custer and went north. The trail is very smooth with small rock and alternates between uphill and downhill grades. None of the uphill grades on the section of the trail we traveled were strenuous... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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397 reviews 397 reviews
214 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

If you're a bike rider, this trail is made for you. It is amazing what they have provided for hikers and bikers who want to get out and away from it all. We only covered parts of the trail but, the small sections we did were amazing. I especially enjoyed the area around Lead. Even got to see an old... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We started in Deadwood and covered the first 60 miles or so of the trail over two days ending in Custer. My husband towed a bike trailer with our two and four year old. The first 14 miles out of Deadwood are uphill! But then you get about 18 downhill, then 10 up, 5 down, 10 up, and then you... More 

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Racine, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This trail is not for sissies. You are going either up hill a 3% grade or downhill. The upgrade of 3% isn't bad however it can go on for about 5 miles. That being said it is well worth it. The view is awesome. If you thing you can't handle the 3% uphill they have a shuttle in Hill City... More 

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