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112-mile rails-to-trails project which goes through the Black Hills.

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I've done parts of three sections, now. The trail doesn't disappoint! It's well marked, has nice trailheads, good surface (limestone gravel), and great scenery. I did Pringle... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lafayette, Colorado
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Lafayette, Colorado
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I've done parts of three sections, now. The trail doesn't disappoint! It's well marked, has nice trailheads, good surface (limestone gravel), and great scenery. I did Pringle, Mystic, and Deadwood. Mystic has tunnels but is all uphill to get to them!

Thank 996candy
New Jersey
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688 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We rode two parts of this trail on our way to Seattle from New Jersey. This trail has elevation climbs.....not hills just gradual climbs. This trail has wind. From Hill City to Custer, it required pedaling...on the way back, we could have coasted! The same thing happened when we left Rocheport. It is not good or bad but I prefer... More 

Thank travelingrm
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2016

Rode from Dumont to Hill City (approx 30 miles). Trail is in great condition. Almost as good as blacktop. Lots of bridges and several tunnels. Multiple signs noting area facts or historical markers. Very little traffic when we were there. The trail was very safe. I would rate this trail usable for everyone. Make sure you have water and snacks.... More 

Thank John C
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62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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Reviewed August 30, 2016

My husband and I started in Deadwood, staying at the Super 8, adjacent to trail. We carried a small bag on our bike and road to Hill City for the night. We visited Hill City the day before and found the Best Western, to be very close to the trail. However, there were some at the other end of town... More 

4 Thank Cyclebuddies
Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2016

We did the entire 109 miles, didn't want to carry our gear. So, we booked a wonderful home in Hill City and did the trail in 3 legs. The first leg was from Edgemont to Minnekahta and back. (About 16.2 miles one way and 32.4 miles round trip.). The second leg was from Deadwood to Hill City (about 48 miles)... More 

2 Thank kimberly c
Rapid City, South Dakota
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2016

One of the best days ever! We rode from Mystic to Rochford, it was an easy ride - well maintained with beautiful scenery, we even passed a small waterfall - stop at Moonshine Gulch in Rochford if you can for a quick beer.

Thank Meagan K
San Diego, CA
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Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

Beautifully maintained. Stunning ride away from traffic and noise. A little piece of heaven with a gentle 8 mile downhill into Deadwood. No trash. Water along the way..but bring extra because they might run out. Very gentle uphills. Small gravel. Don't bring a road bike. Thank you to the people of South Dakota and Rails to Trails for making this... More 

4 Thank Christiane61
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229 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2016

What a great trail! I look forward to biking here each time we come to the Black Hills. One of the nice things about this trail is the not too terrible grade. If you spend time biking up you will be sure to be rewarded with a downhill either by turning around or reaching a top where the grade begins... More 

3 Thank JCJake
West Grove, Pennsylvania
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107 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

I started my ride in Hill City and made it a little over halfway to Custer before turning around (about 16 miles total-8 miles each way). The portion of the trail I rode offered beautiful scenery and was very well maintained. Just slightly over 700' in gradual elevation, so not too strenuous. Nice, easy, scenic ride. I'm sure other parts... More 

2 Thank Rick M
Pecatonica, Illinois
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127 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2016

Absolutely, perfectly beautiful and maintained. I stayed a week in the Mickelson Trail area from Deadwood to south of Pringle S.D. I rode most of the trail, different days and various distances. I was happy to pay the $4.00 a day pass, because I can see they use the money to maintain regularly. Wow! I bicycle all over. I loved... More 

2 Thank biknrun

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